Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Why hey there friends, watchers, bypassers & stalkers alike!

Time for a big ol' journal entry about stuff 'cause...why not?

Part One: Giving this group thing another shot...

Since my plans for a previous group of mine pretty much fizzled out, I elected to close it down to leave room for another, hopefully more successful one:

fresh-touring-orig.deviantart.…

But then, I do not expect it to gain much traction due to its niche subject. I'm in the process of scouting DA for deviations worth featuring though...

Part Deux: I'll be damned if I come up with a proper title for this one

Oh boy, that's one hell of a rambling about to poke its head forth...

To be more specific, I'll be talking here about two things: How I'm really doing in terms of online presence and only then I'll be touching the meat of the subject, which is online communities' supposed deaths. Let's get it done, shall we?

As it is no secret to a few of you, I spent much of the last year pooling cash for a new laptop (A fairly worthwhile investment so far, considering what you get for its price, along with a "drawer" CD loader and a VGA socket, a rare sight in its category).

Now you'd think I'd be pumping out artwork much faster, right? Well, guess again: As soon as I hit the "power" button of that thing, a bit of an epiphany struck me: Despite of what I've been telling myself for too long now, I cannot simply claim I'm 100% satisfied with my way of doing things.

So I went on about my usual projects, trying new stuff, accepting to get out of that goddamn bedromm a little more often to gain some inspiration, adapting my ass to new responsibilities and tighter schedules... So yeah, I'm still as active as ever, only I decided to rethink some of my priorities in life, hence my marked unwillingness to submit art as soon as I'm done polishing it.

Perhaps the biggest casualty of this shift in my relationship with social media is my Flickr account. With barely any time for carspotting, even less time for my little MBK Booster tuning project, increased difficulty to keep up with recent activity and my stats there hitting an all-time low, the future of that account is pretty much under a question mark. I've been considering a bit of a cleanup just like with my DA account, though I still don't know how I'll really go about it.

This brings us to what I actually wanted to talk about here: Too often, be it on DA or anywhere else, I keep reading the occasional "this place is dying" comment, typically referring to the end of an alleged golden age in terms of overall community activity from an individual's perspective.

I remember when PJ059 once stated in a TMCP forum post (that was back in 2012) that he distinctly remembers when those forums were a lot more active. I keep running across those "leaving 'cause of lacking activity" posts on various social media. I browse through DA journal entries raising concerns about the site's ability to survive (with the earliest entries on the matter being from as early as the mid-2000s. I really wish I was making that up...)

So, is there such a thing as a dying online community? Well...I really don't know. There might be a few select occurences of such (usually a consequence of people in charge no longer being able to keep the proverbial ship afloat for any given reason), but most of the time it doesn't seem to me like a death per se, but more of a consequence of real-life commitments, dwindling motivation, decreasing interest in the platform itself or a varying combo of all of these. Really, I cannot pretend to give an objective answer to this.

With that hopefully not-too-random thought salad out of my system, let's move on to something merrier...

Part Three: Getting to know me a little bit better, I guess?

Thanks to the awesome Sakamoto-chi . But I'm not going through the trouble of tagging along 8 other peeps (last time I tried, barely anyone responded for some reason :'D )

Name: Ismaïl Taha

Star Sign: Pisces

Average hours of sleep: Sleep schedules are for pussies

Lucky Number: 69 Gonna buy? 

Last thing I Googled: Like I'm assed to remember. Plus, I use DuckDuckGo anyway...

When I started this account: 3 years

Amount of watchers: 863

What do I post: Cars, car liveries, anime-themed car liveries...and the occasional (un)popular opinion.

Do I run any other blogs: I wish I could...

Do I get a lot of comments: Not that much, and to be fair I'm quite happy that way. Every bit is welcome though...

Why I chose my username: B-B-B-BIG FUCKING GUN!!!
Add a Comment:
 
:icon11560345:
11560345 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
dang XD
Reply
:iconbfg-9krc:
BFG-9KRC Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wut? XD
Reply
:icon11560345:
11560345 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It's long and explains a lot. XD nothing bad 😉😄😆
Reply
:iconbfg-9krc:
BFG-9KRC Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah XD
Reply
:icon11560345:
11560345 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
:3
Reply
:iconsakamoto-chi:
Sakamoto-chi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAHAHAHAHA BFG!!!! XD

I think that because there are WAY more communities/ websites now, back when I started a LONG time ago (pre 2003) DA was basically one of only a few legitimate art sites. Now with the saturation of artsites and even those that you can even recieve payment/ money, those have become very popular for their own reasons. So many choices now that it becomes a bit hard to choose and daunting to some, or just join them all and hopefully not go insane.
It's not a bad thing to be on DA, it's gotten a bad rap over the past while especially when it comes to art theft and admins handling certain situations in a poor manner. I still like DA in many ways but I'm only on here for fun.
Reply
:iconbfg-9krc:
BFG-9KRC Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So many choices now that it becomes a bit hard to choose and daunting to some, or just join them all and hopefully not go insane.

Yeah I figured out. Kinda like video games right now, you don't really know which way to look O_O"

It's not a bad thing to be on DA, it's gotten a bad rap over the past while especially when it comes to art theft and admins handling certain situations in a poor manner. I still like DA in many ways but I'm only on here for fun.

Maybe I'm a lucky bastard, but so far my Helpdesk experiences have been quite positive :-? (Confused)

As far "art theft" online enforcement goes, almost every IT expert out there will agree that there's very little one can do against that, and DA's stance on the matter is no different. Even the likes of ArtStation (a professional-oriented platform, though aspiring artists are welcome as well) vouch for that. That's saying something...

support.artstation.com/knowled…
support.artstation.com/knowled…
Reply
:iconsakamoto-chi:
Sakamoto-chi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Choosing something good over something crappy can be a hard choice these days. x.x

Hopefully things are different, at one point DA had issues with people getting viruses from the ads they had, possibly a script error along as an issue with the type of browser being used. But this was like 5-6 years ago and luckily I run ad blockers and script prompts... bloody hell some of the stuff that DA tries to get off a persons computer from personal to the types of sites you visit can be annoying as heck.
Reply
:iconbfg-9krc:
BFG-9KRC Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just for shits and giggles, I decided I'd see how many elements uBlock Origin typically blocks on some sites' homepages:

DA (Today section): 8
ArtStation: 2
Flickr: From 9 to the hundreds as you keep scrolling down. I wish I was lying about that one.

Also, it seems like the traffic in and out of DA has observed quite the increase by the end of 2016.
Reply
:iconsakamoto-chi:
Sakamoto-chi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flickr is still around!?!? =\

Not to surprised by traffic on DA, they have a fair amount of postings on stuff from Facebook and ect to draw more traffic in.
Reply
:iconbfg-9krc:
BFG-9KRC Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
DA also happens to have some official presence on Tumblr as well...
Reply
:iconsakamoto-chi:
Sakamoto-chi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha Tumblr as well? =\ oh well...
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconbfg-9krc: More from BFG-9KRC


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
February 10
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
923
Favourites
1 (who?)
Comments
12
×