Everyone knows what it is---everyone knows people who are 'popular', both IRL and here on DA. I thought I'd talk about popularity here on DA, and how it is often viewed. Like a lot of things, it's a double-edged sword; often, having thousands of watchers or views can make you feel good, but because DA is just so massive and has so many amazing artists, there is ALWAYS someone 'more popular' than you around the corner...and guess what, around THEIR corner is someone more popular than them.
Being really popular can be cool because people LOVE your work, you get gift art, you inspire people, etc. But on the other side of that, there's more art thieves taking your work, people dislike you for the sheer sake of your popularity, Your every public word and journal is watched like a hawk, and , for some people, there is more pressure to do only quality work because of their mass of followers. But I digress...the bigger issue people feel about popularity is disappointment their work is so often overlooked.
I say this because it's a natural trend for people to feel sad that their work doesn't get as much attention as they hope. But here's the thing; if you're here on DA, ideally, you should be here because you love art or writing, not to rack up as many views as you can. If someone approaches this site with the mindset of "I drew this thing and I LOVE it and it makes me feel good, I'll post it so other people can see it and maybe like it" then that's the right mindset!
But if the mindset is "I spent SO much work on this, I hope this gets tons of views when I post it!!" then that is, immediately, a self-deprecating mindset. It means you're basing your happiness, and your love of your own work, on what OTHER people think. Would you do that with the rest of the things you do in life?? Wearing shirts you like? Going to a weird store at the mall?
If you draw things specifically to make other people happy or to get 'popular', when you yourself didn't enjoy it, IT'S NOT WORTH IT. And people notice when you complain about never getting enough attention. It's REALLY off-putting, and typically makes people back off from you, because they can see you're just in it for the views, or that you'll never be satisfied with the feedback you get. Popularity isn't a set goal: it's not like "when I reach 500,000 pageviews, I will suddenly feel good about myself!!!" THAT IS NOT HOW IT GOES, SO DON'T EVEN HAVE THAT MINDSET.
But there's ways to gain attention and reputation without doing something you hate!
HERE ARE SOME SOME TIPS:
DO GIFT ART FOR PEOPLE whose are you adore! Don't SHOWER them with it, or make it seem like you want something in return for it eventually (that will just make the person skittish about you). Do gift art for someone if you genuinely enjoy their work, or personality, or characters! Don't be AFRAID to do so, gift art is always flattering, and makes the artist feel appreciated, and motivated to keep up with their stories and characters. Shyness gets ya nothing!
DO ART TRADES! Not everyone will say YES, I'll say that up front; I've been turned down for plenty of art trade requests! DON'T GET DEMOTIVATED. I still ask people now and then, because it's FUN, and a good way to build social bonds, show people what kind of person you are. And who knows, sometimes there's a spark, and that random person you did an art trade with ends up being a great friend!
COMMENT ON PEOPLE'S ART, if you like it! This seems pretty basic, but it's actually really important. Overall, people do not tend to comment as much as they used to...whether because that's because they're shy, or they never get a reply, or they're just too busy. But I will tell you straight up, Artists NOTICE when someone comments regularly on their stuff...whether that's a notice of "this person ALWAYS only says one word per comment." or "This person's comments are great because they are really honest, or notice little details!" It's the simple idea of exposure, too: the more often you comment on someone's content, eventually, you garner their attention, unconsciously or not. And, sometimes, that someone will go to YOUR content and leave their own comments, or ask you for an art trade, etc.
Long story short: "JUST DO IT" Shia Labeouf Meme.
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