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Hello everyone! 

 How are you all doing? I know I've been rather quiet, in general I'm actually kinda busy offline and not really around all that much.
I have some new art tho I will eventually get around to posting so..stay tuned if you are interested! 

Anyhoo, now that I have your attention, I'm gonna reach out to everyone on here as well. I recently reached out to people on Tumblr in THIS post here: calicoskatts.tumblr.com/post/1… , looking for feedback about...feedback. 

Basically I'm looking for people to let me know what some of thier frustrations are regarding feedback, or lack of feedback, or in general what irritates you - is it lack of comments, lack views, etc. etc. For example, many people have given me feedback how for example, on Tumblr, they get many likes but no reblogs (for anyone who is familiar with Tumblr, reblogs are like, pretty much what you need to get your art out there), but also people have said they feel unmotivated to keep going because it seems people aren't interested, etc. 

 So I'm interested to hear what some of your guys' feedback frustrations are. This isn't necessarily geared towards DA or Tumblr or whatever, I've had many people tell me their feelings about sites like Archive of Our Own (AO3 as it's more commonly known.) and things like that. I'm not just talking about writing or art in general - also any sort of content you guys create like needlework, this or that. Whatever! 

 BUT I'm also interested in hearing about some positive things too - where you think the best place to post your content is, what motivates you, maybe advice for others...

 Basically as stated in the post, I'm working on a post to sort of gather some of the frustrations and try and, ultimately, help us as creators. Because honestly, I am seeing more and more artists (myself included) getting frustrated, feeling like they suck, etc, etc. I think maybe if we can come together and figure out what some of the big issues are, maybe we can help each other! 

So! Any thoughts? Feelings? Opinions? Feel free to comment on this, or just send me a private message! 
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Digoraccoon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess the frustration for me would be trying to get attention? Part of being an artist is selling your skills as something interesting enough to get people to click on your images to see them. You gotta know some marketing skills, know how to network, etc.
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calicokatt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo yes... I definitely agree with you there. That is a really difficult thing to do - and also, in this day and age EVERYONE can post thier artwork online, so there's competition, I guess you can say? So everyone is also trying to get out there and make themselves known. I'm rather shy about my art so it would be really difficult for me outside of the internet to show people my art. 

Social media seems to be the best way to show your art and get it out there, but it is also really difficult. Particularly if you want to get your own stuff out there. Most posts are buried under more popular posts and it's really tough to just...get it out there lol. 
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Peachfuzz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Good to hear from you. I hope your summer is going well. :)

The only feedback frustration I have on DA is people who will type up a comment on my page thanking me for giving them a llama, but not return the llama. 0.0 Llamas are extremely pointless, rendering my frustration also pointless, but it's definitely weird to me to go to all the trouble to comment on my profile expressing gratitude but not return the llama.

My favorite type of feedback on my art is comments. Everything else is just a button-click and while it's not unappreciated, it's hard for me to get excited without knowing what it was they liked about the artwork. Or didn't like. All feedback is good as long as it's detailed and specific enough for me to learn from. 

Would I like more comments? Well, yes... But I think the amount of comments I get is blissful since I seldom post and I'm not very assertive about getting myself out there. Can't hide under a rock in a tiny corner at an enormous party and expect much attention to come my way. I treasure every comment, especially those from the nice folks who've been following me a long time. It's amazing how one comment from a friend feels so awesome even if it's the only comment that artwork ever gets. :nod:

Anyhow, I hope you're enjoying your weekend!
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