As the sharp-minded would have guessed from the title, Today I have been here for three years now! with a lot of interesting events- both positive and negative lessons in life and the interwebz along the way in a relatively short time, things like:...
If someone tells you that a tornado killed their mother and uploaded a picture of the storm saying that one was the culprit - don't believe them, they are just using what turns out to be a googled image to score pity
If someone harrasses you online like the kind of shit we hoped would never leave MySpace or Youtube, don't whine about it too much since that only fans the flames, get professional help and deal with the problem quietly
Fan-art dosn't always guarantee floods of attention to your page, like all art forms, it has to actually be good to get attention, which is why my first year of fishing for pageviews with Fan-art as bait only led to dissapointment. When you do get attention for your fan-art, you'll notice just how many immature-minded idiots you'll also find in your net, the last of which I got only last week who felt the need to call me a moron in spite of tyPiNg liek Dis u reetArD
Making one long and in-depth comment on an unknown artists work will be a much more valuable use of your time than making a dozen "Wow" comments on a popular artist who gets an additional 50 of those daily (uuh, but I still don't get that much on a normal day, so don't stop commenting mine lol)
Being a Varied artist may mean less watchers, but that's just filtering out the shallow-minded and those you DO attract will have a much deeper understanding of what you do, even if they have to wait a few deviations between ones in the categories they are mainly interested in. More impoprtantly, it looks better for a portfolio. Just never neglect your strengths!
If a link looks suspicious, it probably is, actually roll over the link or right-click it first to see the address bar appear in your browser to see if it really is an oh-so funny youtube video or a case of your art being stolen
Don't get your hopes up when clicking "Random deviation" and just get ready in case its a pussy-shot without a Mature Content filter on
Being active is important - you could be the best artist on dA, but if you upload a measly one or two deviations a year and don't take the time to comment other's work, then don't complain about the fact your'e not getting enough attention
You can never win with pageviews. Too little and you feel neglected, too much and jealousy-fuelled drama finds its way to your page. Enjoy whatever number you have now, since you'll never have that much again
I could go on and on, maybe in another three years I can add even more deeper stuff. But that's where the question of "Am I halfway through my dA life"
comes in. I'm glad my art is finally getting more attention nowadays. Something tells me I could be getting much more being so prolific in the act of artmaking and commenting. But oh well, I'm still happy for now, nearing 100k pageviews ain't so bad even though some get way more for less work
But to me it seems that as an account here ages, it gains popularity and with that comes unwanted drama - something that nobody thinks of when they are new here and aspiring to beome popular. Could this be why so few accounts last more than 5 or 6 years? or maybe their passion for dA dies a bit every day. I think me lasting even 3 years with still nearly the amount of amazement for this site I had since day one is a milestone in itself. And though I can't see an ending for my time here in sight right now, I do wonder what future events will hold and see if I can live to the ripe old age of 6 years old and maybe longer
Speaking of age, I was 17 when I joined and now am 20, turning 21 in July...that's scary, but I just remind myself of how much I have benifitted from this community in the process, and Cringe at the thought that maybe I'd be the same as I was back then if I wasn't shown this site and Forced
to join by a high school chum
That's it for now, I'll probably come up with some more noble thoughts for the occasion later, but with my internet being unstable, I'm taking a gamble typing all this as is. All I can add is that more art is planned, so are those proposed stocks. But with contest entries and artpacks etc with deadlines to attend to first. It may be a while