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I am a little perplexed i have 2700 watches - i used to post art and people would see it... i posted a new piece today and noone has seen it and it has been up for awhile. I know I am not the only artist who is dealing with a dramatic drop in views and comments. I'm not complaining - just perplexed on why a few weeks ago it felt much more like people were there and few years back it was even more engaging for creators.... Has deviant gotten to big that is loosing its potential to be a strong home for artists?

Just asking... more curious than anything else.
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Crystalline174 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I still love you and your art, unfortunately long work hours and long commute just leaves me so drained that I don't bother going online much nowadays. 
travisJhanson Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
i know the feeling i am the same way.
Deckboy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
One problem is people come and go but their accounts remain active.  I used to be very active back in 2007 and had over a hundred watchers.  I went off to college, forgot about the whole art scene and only recently returned.  Only about 3 of the 100 or so I had are still active users on here, so my stats might say I have over a 100 watchers, the reality is now I have about 7 watchers, 5 of which are brand new this year.

Deviantart is most often a draw for people who WANT to MAKE art, but as you, yourself are willing to attest, making art is a lot of work and you have to stick with it.  This is why I think the majority of people on here don't stick around that long. 
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional
I am see much the same thing

no clue
ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Like other people said, you're present at several places.  Just here at DeviantArt you're also at TravisHanson in addition to travisJhanson.  Outside DA you have the separate site for the adventures of The Bean, and other places too.  My guess is that part of your "old" DA public has split up between all of those.
JesseAcosta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
One of the problems with deviant Art is the sheer volume of users and art being uploaded these days. I used to get way more traffic in the earlier days. I believe my art is also 500x better than when I first signed on too, but the artist haven is now so over saturated it's easy to get unnoticed and lost in the shuffle.
Instagram is the same way. Two years ago I could post some art, and I'd get 200 to 400 likes. Now I can't break passed 50s because it's so over saturated with new users. No matter the tag, I can click that tag and see my art is washed out of the first several pages of scrolling in a matter of seconds after posting. 
mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It has nothing to do with people not wanting to look at stuff on DA anymore, its an actual server issue.

I contacted Help Desk about it the other day and here's what they sent me to:…

armaina Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's become slowly slowly more saturated, that and the issue with places like Tumblr creating a need for instant gratification in people. Less people are willing to slow down and talk about things. Me I just wish I had the focus for it, but life things on my plate as made it harder to engage x_x
Araly Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I thinks there's a problem with DA. Today I check the new deviations of the people I follow.. and a lot of them were erased or something like that. It was really weird. Maybe it has something to do with that?
JonFreeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Digital Artist
I've seen a good number of these journals pop up, lately.

dA rolled out a new "upgrade" to their commenting system lately.  I can only imagine this isn't working as planned
ladyarrowsmith Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I think alot of my viewers left DA for facebook as well. I get loads more attention there... but perhaps its because I'm not very interactive here? But I've also noticed that sometimes my work just doesn't show up in other folk's feeds either.. so maybe that's it?
Nestharon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, I experienced this as well. I was writing spiritual lessons for two years and after those years suddenly people lost interest, instead of viewing them, they started arguments, so I took all of them off. It is a shame that the word "morality" lost its meaning in today's modern humanity.

Also about being an artist, well you are right, you are not the only one. There are people who have mind blowing concept arts and they are on dA for years but their pageviews are 1k or less. That is why my fiancée and I started an art magazine here on dA, in hope that people will come and share trough us their works. Life is hard, but it can get easier if we want it to, we put aside our pride :)

Good luck.
Take care.
Love and Light.
persimmon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
tumblr, honestly. It's made LJ pretty dead too :/ Though I'll probably sneak back here now and then, I get to feeling kind of lost in the vast ocean of Tumblr.
StudioBueno Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Mine activity has seemed to be less lately than it was in the past as well.
I do think tumblr is to blame for a lot of it, as that seems to be the big place for sharing art these days. I use that and enjoy it too, but, as another commenter said, DA offers a more personal experience so I can't see why more artists don't continue to use them both to their advantage.
Ghotire Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I thought I was just crazy or having a pity party but I have noticed less "action" on here lately. Not sure what kind of psychological motivation is driving the recent decline in activity. One thought that came to mind is that DeviantArt does not have an app whereas Tumblr does, so maybe people are finding one more convenient than the other. I love both but find Tumblr much less personal and much less "social" if you will.

Now, how can we band together to start a revival?!
Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Same thing going on in my gallery! A lot of people moved to tumblr but I dislike it for many reasons so I hope at least someone will stay on DA. In a lot of ways it's DA's own fault - it was a big and successful site for so long they got very slow at improving and changing things.

Keep doing what you love! I see someone mentioned tastes changing in comments but I think that no amount of attention is worth drawing in a style you don't like, like anime or whatever people eat up these days.

The good news is that I already see some people moving back to DA from tumblr - it's a big dump of a site with no way to separate funny gifs from artwork on your dash or even organise your own work into folders. Add a bunch of teenage social justice warriors and it doesn't seem like a particularly appealing place.
Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't been as active as I would like to be on DA due to life priorities.  And I know that feel. I've noticed that less people are willing to comment compared to when I first used the website years ago. And that's sad because I really enjoy interacting with other people on this site but it's kind of hard to have a conversation when half the comments I get for my art are 'cool!' and the other half seems to be 'thanks for the llama'...!
Grafight Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2014
I have a lot less comments than you, but strangely enough I've had an increase in views as well as comments, without any significant changes I can identify. DA is certainly big, and maybe it's affected by trends on a large scale.

You have a very specific style, and people's tastes change. Maybe you would benefit from exploring a bit, trying new illustration styles... who knows?
butterfrog Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hard to say... I have been here for 5 years and the comments have dropped but the watches are steady... Maybe it requires more involvement from the creators?
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I noticed the same thing too. No views no comments but a few favs and thats it :| no longer the "go to" place for artists.
CelidahD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I second what Rin-Uzuki said, plus this: you cross-post pretty much everything that you put on dA to Facebook. This isn't necessarily bad, but I would guess that if your other dA followers are like me, then they probably use Facebook much more than dA. Thus, by the time they see your work on dA, they've already seen it and engaged it on FB, if they're going to engage it at all.

Then again, I don't know how much crossover you have between the fans on your FB page, and your dA watchers. Maybe I'm just blowing smoke here.
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have more or less dropped out of DeviantArt, it's not what it used to be. You are most correct about the views and the somewhat loss in interest in the posted artwork. I'm not sure what's the cause, maybe it's due to a number of reasons, not just a few.
TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm seeing the same thing Trav,  i'm not sure what's going on, but i've had a big drop off... I just thought it was me  (isn't everything about me?  hehe)
Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's the draw of other sites that have grown (such as tumblr) and are now able to compete with deviantart that have caused usage of DA to plummet. As less people use it to post art, less people comment on art/interact with artists, and as less people comment/interact, less people feel inclined to use it. It's a cycle of loss. I've noticed how quiet it's gotten over the past few years, too, but DA will always be a home to me! :D

I think a lot of people dislike two big factors about DA:
 1) its confusing organization system
 2) its layout/gallery system, which somehow intimidates people into thinking they can only post "polished" art.

Both of these qualities created a great vacuum for tumblr to fill: people feel they can post whatever they want there without pressure.

Or at least, that's how I think it was for a little while. Now many people are moving from tumblr to twitter, which I can't fathom in the least - it seems like the worst place in the world to host images... because it was never made for hosting images...

But! I've gone off on a ramble. Sorry if this wasn't what you were actually asking about.
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