This is the time of year when people get crazy, busy or a mix of both. Both in the personal, real world............and in the online world. I've been trying to get so many things done in my personal life, but I thought once I reached December it would be done and I was musing doing gift art (mentioned on my Toyhou.se account)--yeah, that may not happen before Christmas, more likely after Christmas to the new year. wry laugh
I hope that everyone else's lives have been less hectic. :)
I've kind of gathered you all together for a "food for thought" topic--remember when I used to do those? XD Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic.............
Today's topic "threats of withholding [art] because of lack of comments/favorites/etc."!
In today's online world, filled with a sense of urgency and immediacy...............people who once were happy to share their art, whether drawing or writing or other such creative products, now hold hostage uploading of their stuff unless they get a certain member of comments or favorites or what have you. There are, within some people who post on many sites--they will often abandon the site where they get the "least amount" of such adulation.
It's a free world, you can do what you want. But..................what about those who have cared about what you post and stuff? They're told to follow to some other odd site or another--so, in the end, it becomes a string of choices on ends of "creator" and "viewer". In the end, you have to do what's best for you--if you abandon following an artist because of this, then do so. If you are an artist who must leave, then do what's best for you.
But I think the worst thing you can do as a creator actually staying on a particular site is threaten your viewers that you won't post anything unless they get enough favorites or comments or such. It comes off to me as plain rude............either you like your stuff and want to share it, or you don't. It's rude to threaten the followers if they don't comply.
I've been on art sites since 2012, when I was at Fur Affinity. I came to Weasyl in 2014 and left FA in 2015 because I was tired of being bullied and nothing was being done about it. So, that's six years of my observations on an art site. But now that I'm coming to the end of the year and have been on a writing site as an active participant (reading and writing) for about seven or so months.................I've been seeing these same mentalities there, too.
I've seen begging for comments/feedback in the notes section of works...............and seen them threaten holding back new works or new chapters of works unless they received certain amounts of kudos and/or comments.
It rather makes me sad to see this. And then to change over to moderating comments in the middle of an ongoing chapter work that had open comments just so they can make sure only the "best comments" get posted for public view feels like they're going too far. :/
With Tumblr soon to institute their new ban on adult material--those who were around that site will find themselves looking for new sites. Perhaps we'll see new people here at Weasyl, too. I just hope an online community can stop rudeness towards one another one day..............I think we'll all be happier if we appreciate what we have and the relationships and friendships we make on these sites, you know? :)