Not sure about future here? by Cowboypunk

As much as I like Weasyl (and it's v nice admins), and as much as I'd like to see it grow, managing the number of sites I do is pretty draining and this place is persistently quiet. Uploading here is a def more manageable with waxpost (wish more sites had apps like that!!), and I'll probably keep posting for a little longer, but won't be shocked if I start tapering off in the near future.

For those of you who follow me, you can still catch my art in any of these places!:
FurAffinity | Tumblr | Twitter | DeviantArt | Patreon

Not sure about future here?

Cowboypunk

18 September 2017 at 15:57:50 MDT

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    Some of us do not belong to and have NO plan to ever join Twitter/DA/Patreon and have left FA because of bad management and policies! The only way this site gets more active is if WE make it so, leaving it does nothing but destroy it. Very sorry you would stay with FA but not here!

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      I'd love to stay here and support this place, but there's also a matter of practicality and personal well-being - I'm already juggling a lot of art sites, and despite the time spent here there's very little traction, but a LOT on FA/twitter/tumblr/etc, and I'm just not sure if it's worth the additional time/stress of maintaining. But like I said, I do still love this place, and I'll probably keep posting until it seems like I just have to spend that energy elsewhere.

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    I get it, I very much do. There's very little going on here, but I won't go back to FA. Don't really know who owns it, know they're not furs and don't like some of their policies. That being said, it takes so little time to post, I make the effort. It's actually kind of nice to have a place that's still dedicated and NOT full of all that other stuff (twitter, most social media). That being said, you have to do what's best for you. I do see your work in lots of places. :"D

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      That's fair, I totally get why a lot of people aren't comfortable with using FA, twitter, etc. (which is obviously also why I'm everywhere else too, lol). I do still really love and want to keep supporting Weasyl and will keep posting for as long as I feel like I can, but my stress levels are generally nuts as is, and having one less thing to think about can make a big difference in evening some of that out. Waxpost definitely helps, there seriously needs to be way more cross-platform upload options.
      Really appreciate your kindness and support, always see you around somewhere :P <3

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    Twitter is top shit for art and Tumblr has nasty resizing and bunk on FA and DA. Sad to see you go.

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      I'll try to stick around as long as I can. Every place has got it's faults, this is ultimately a numbers vs. stress level decision for me :X

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    Glad I picked a good time to make a Twitter account, ha, but yeah echoing other comments. Sad to see you go, but you do you, fam. Heck maybe I should post more crap to Twitter myself, since it looks like I can actually, y'know, remove things if I so decide, unlike Tumblr :V

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      I'll see you around on there too then :D :P I'm more active on twitter as is, more doodles and random stuff and talk about how much I love baked goods.

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    I know you don't really care, but I thought I should mention that a lot of people were banned from furaffinity for "reasons" and basically are not allowed to make another account. and if they do and Dragoneer or any of the other admins find out about it they get banned again.

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      -- the point I'm trying to make is that FA is run by authoritarians.

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      I wouldn't say that I don't care, but ultimately, I don't know enough to have a full opinion on that, and prefer not to make judgements without knowing as much as I can. FA is also more than it's owners; there's a large, vibrant and supportive community on there, too, and that's who I'm primarily interested in supporting.

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    I wish it were different too. Full sized/non compressed/no limit images are also a huge incentive for me to be here!

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      Yeah, this place always accepts crazy huge images, which is super nice!

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    Thats kind of my issue too, Weasyl is very slow peaceful kind of town. I know other places are packing but they often are an unstable brew. Its up to you cool kid. I think time will fix things rather then us waiting.

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      Yeah, usually the more there are, the crazier it gets. I feel like if there was just something more here inclining people to interact, it'd be significantly better (despite the smaller user base), but it feels like all the neighbors are just sort of happy waving at each other from their porches instead of paying visits, and it's just not quite enough for me.

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    yeah i disappeared for a little bc it was a ghost town then came back to an even worse ghost town where nothing is posted but bad porn
    trying to stay active but its pathetic and depressing compared to how it was when i joined and doesnt feel worth it mostly

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      Pretty much. I know I could do 1000% better at interacting/prompting interaction, but it feels a little like trying to befriend the wind here.

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    I can't blame you at all. Weasyl is so, so slow. Really, I've been seeing a lot of these journals pop up and there seems to always be more activity on the leaving journals than there is on anything else... :\

    I feel like a big problem here is that there simply aren't enough non-artists here, and they're the ones that would normally drive a lot of interaction? I feel like a lot of those non-artist people used Weasyl when it first came out because it was an exciting new toy, but then they got bored and went back to whatever they used most to begin with...whereas a lot of artists stayed because Weasyl is legitimately a decent site with some really good features, and just trying to reap the benefits of having different venues for advertising their work. So what's left is a bunch of artists who are trying to juggle multiple sites posting stuff here but not really being able to initiate much interaction with other artists because they're spending so much time and energy juggling multiple sites, along with the sparse few others who dislike FA but refuse to use Twitter/Tumblr.

    I really feel like this is why so many new furry art sites that pop up fail too--artists will almost always put the effort in to expand their audience and will follow that audience too, but the actual audience rarely wants to do anything even remotely inconvenient or that requires any effort they're not used to putting in (even if it's as simple as learning how to use a new site) without some major incentive. And since so many artists that do post here post to other sites as well, that incentive just isn't there.

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      Yeah, I've seen a few people make similar posts, and a bunch just seem to drop off the radar without a word.

      That makes a lot of sense, though! I can see that being the case. I was figuring there was something about either the community dynamic that formed just not being a very interactive one, or something about the layout that somehow keeps from people being inclined to interact (e.g. slightly too messy or complicated to make interaction easy/efficient/natural feeling).

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    I hate FA and I'm not going back. Never was able to get into other sites like Tumblr and Twitter. If you leave I'll be sad because that'll mean yet another artist I love gone.