Food for thought.
According to deviant DamaiMikaz, who went from having 500 to 20,000 watchers in one year, becoming popular on Deviant Art is a matter of good marketing -- not necessarily exceptional art skills -- and can be achieved by anyone who puts in the social effort.
As a social media experiment, she went about doing her best to be seen.
Strategies for being seen include: commenting extensively on others' artwork and providing in-depth critiques, being present in the forums and chat rooms, and writing lots of journal entries with thoughtful content that people will want to read again and again.
There's also the tried-and-true strategy of posting new artwork several times a week... though, the aforementioned artist admitted that she didn't do that. Most people find it difficult to produce quality pieces one after another, quickly, and continually. She's no exception. You can re