First off, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who commented or otherwise reached out after my last journal where I talked about feeling stuck and unmotivated. I really owe you all for encouraging me to find ways to get at least some motivation back - because I think it might've worked. I mean sure, we'll need to see if it also works long term, but I do feel a spark and my muse has at least woken from her coma
So I've had an idea: why not have a stock use contest (possibly with a bit of a broad but hopefully inspiring theme)? If you feel like this could interest you - but maybe only under certain circumstances etc, please head on over to my poll and participate in the discussion via comments, too! Nothing is decided yet, but I do have some ideas
Stock Use Feature
Darkness into Light Contest WINNERS
New Tutorial+Art+Stock Features+Contest Reminder!
Out of Darkness into the Light CONTEST - CLOSED
Life 'Update' + Feature
My deviantart activity is dead like my soul. Where the hell did all my watchers go? Do you guys not like my art anymore? Unfortunately my activity in art is so low due to me being very depressed but when I do post there are barely any people looking at my art now.
yes, it is very easy to feel like whatever you upload, it doesn't get nearly as many views (and faves) as it used to. I have the same feeling and I think it's not just in our heads either. But what I see when I actually do come back frequently and start interacting again that there definitely are people here who care. Old acquaintances, but also a lot of new people who are as excited about are as I was when I first discovered dA - that makes me giddy with excitement and compensates for the lower rate of engagement many times over. In my mind at least it does, so I hope you can find this kind of spark here somewhere and that it can help you find some more joy in dA (I know depression is serious and won't be cured just by having a few more interactions online, but I hope that it could at least help in some small way)