Greetings, fellow deviants. I have an announcement to make. The 8th of October 2018 marks my official retirement from DeviantArt. Once the green jewel disappears from my profile picture, you will know that TotallyDeviantLisa will no longer be active. Why? Well, I’ll tell you all.
The main reason for me leaving DeviantArt is because after all of the conflict I have been through and my decreasing motivation, along with how I may have been remembered as anything but an aspiring artist and writer, I believe that it’s not my kind of website anymore. Blame all the fetish requests and drama I had to face when trying to get recognized for writing poems, short stories, making original characters and cosplaying.
As much as I enjoyed cosplaying, editing some of my selfies and hoped for peace among the community, I never wanted to be remembered for being a victim of sexual harassment and trolling. I wanted to be remembered for being a creative artist and writer. To the guys who wouldn’t admire me for my attempted creativity, but ogled over my looks and tried to make your fetishes and fantasies out of me instead, I’m talking to you! I’m not trying to sound like a misandrist, but I’d much rather be part of a community that shows admiration towards young women like me for their kindness and creativity than one that consists of a majority of guys who simply treat women as objects.
I shall provide two other reasons why I think DeviantArt is not my kind of website anymore. I honestly do not want to be good friends with a user who got me into it in the first place anymore due to some…shall we say…real life issues I had with him. Additionally, when I received a note that called me out on a firetruck up a year ago, it made believe that I was never going to evolve and that I was better off…not around anymore. I shall not mention their names because I do NOT want anyone to go to their pages and confront them. I just want to leave DeviantArt in peace without causing any further conflict.
But that doesn’t mean that I am not grateful for the support and companion ships I gained from five years of being a deviant. To those who gave me advice on how to further improve my art and those who became my lovely allies, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for understanding exactly why I joined DeviantArt for. I hope all my watchers and supporters can respect my decision and understand where I’m coming from. You, my dear watchers and supporters, including the Wolf Pack can all still follow me on:
. My Twitter, laura1_miss
. My Weasyl, TotallyWeasylLaura
. My Wattpad, HeiwaRoraAi.
A few other reasons why I think late 2018 is the time for me to stop being a deviant is because I would like to focus more on getting a job within my local area. I really want one, so that I can stay proactive and feel as if I am worth something again. Plus, I’d like to focus more on my blogs to be qualified as a journalist or media historian. Oh, and I just love spending quality time with my boyfriend. He completes me, he sees my creativity and I love him very much.
So, since I’m leaving DeviantArt, does that mean I’m going to give up on art all together? Nope. I was proud of how I was improving during my college days, so I’ll be sure to keep my anime-inspiring style in mind for future art. I’ll also carry on writing articles for my blogs and perhaps short stories for my Wattpad. For memory’s sake, I shall leave my DeviantArt page open and I hope it will stay open for as long as possible. After all, I do not want to lose everything I’ve worked so hard for through over a lustrum. You can still favourite and comment on my deviations if you want to. Just keep in mind that future writings and artwork will be on Twitter, Wattpad and Weasyl.
So, this is goodbye. Until then, thank you for the support and wish me luck for what comes next.
There’s one more thing I’d like to say before I leave DA…
Never gonna give you up,
Never gonna let you down,
Never gonna run around and desert you!
Never gonna make you cry,
Never gonna say goodbye,
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you!