Of course, I use this free premium membership day to upload a new journal x)
In my previous journals, I’ve been talking a lot about popularity on deviantart. I’ve been asking myself these questions: What does it mean to be popular? Is it really as fun as it seems?
I’ve wanted to be popular on deviantart from the moment I created my account. I thought it would be easy. (Then again, I was young, prideful and ignorant.) I uploaded my first drawing and it got zero attention. But I was determined and wanted to gather watchers! I always thought, the more watchers I have, the more popular I am. But since the amount of comments and s I receive is very little, I’ve been doubting that theory recently. Because nothing has changed since I gained more watchers I just expected it to be a bit different than how it’s now.
I wonder… When do deviants start watching an artist? For me, the artist must have a drawingstyle that I prefer looking at. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a good technique, just a good drawingstyle. Also if the drawings are interesting, then the drawingstyle plays a smaller part. Furthermore, it would be fun if the artist writes interesting journals for the watchers to read. ^^ ( If you’re interested in what I think about journals x) : eevee06121992.deviantart.com/j… ) I also watch my friends who I know in real life.
When I was younger there were random people asking me to watch them. In return they’d watch me back. I was too kind (and wanted more watchers), so I watched them, even though I didn’t like their drawings that much. Right now, I honestly regret watching some of them. I don’t even pay attention to them anymore because I know they also don’t pay attention to me. I guess that’s how “dead-watchers” are created.
So if someone asks me to watch them, I would refuse. Because I’d like to earn my watchers and so should they! Therefore I’m very grateful to my current watchers
To answer the question of my journal: I think being popular means that your watchers are sincerely interested in you and your art. In my opinion, artists are popular when they have ‘loyal’ watchers. What I mean by loyal is that watchers frequently comment on the drawings you upload. And not something like; “Nice”, but something that has value. Also, loyal watchers don’t necessarily have to everything the artist makes, just the things they particularly like. ^^ And depending on what kind of journals the artist writes, loyal watchers are watchers who like to read the artists’ journal and comment on it most of the time.