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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. 
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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. 
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional
I am see much the same thing

no clue
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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.
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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. 
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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: support.deviantart.com/entries…


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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
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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?
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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
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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?
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