This is for artists - or people worried about the loss of income/followers due to moving your energy to a new website. What is said below might not apply for everyone because it comes from my experience. But I hope you will be able to relate in some way.
I have been most active on Furaffinity since 2009. Before I moved my focus to this community, I called deviantART my home. Coming to fA didn't mean I necessarily left dA, but I did shift my energy to the new place. It was a perfect time to get a second fresh start and expand my network. I started out with maybe 50 watchers- folks who followed me on dA and just so happened to have an fA too. I started browsing artwork, commenting on submissions and journals, thanking the people who supported my work-- I put a lot of effort into building an audience and developing my own watch list to inspire me every day.
These things take work. You can't expect to poof to a new website and all 4k of your watchers show up there too. There is a sacrifice. But in the end, here are some benefits to making that leap in branching to a new site:
1.] Remember that artist that inspires you so much but your comments were buried by their butt-load of equally inspired fans? Now is your chance to show that artist how much you really support their work by helping their new gallery get off the ground! Sometimes the artwork with the least amount of comments make those comments more meaningful.
2.] You can show just how thankful you are to the followers who will follow your art wherever you go. They deserve it.
3.] Meet new people! You may have 500 watchers but how many of those following are dead/removed accounts? This is a great opportunity to re-evaluate who really cares and who's lost interest.
4.] Its a good time to set up a strategy for going through your message system. Mine sure as hell gets messy with the 500 people I follow! Think about who you follow and why. See if the website can help organize who or what you follow so that you can put your best effort forward in being genuinely interested in who you watch.
5.] Lose the creepers/trolls. Yeah there will be creeps wherever you go but there are certain places on the internet that aren't as attractive to trolls. You may also find your new website to have safer and more customizable privacy options coupled with a good moderation team.
6.] Start a new era of your work. Sometimes that fresh start puts you on a journey for the next several years. Who knows? It may even lead you to making history.
A lot of you on my watch list have expressed interest in the website weasyl in one way or another. Below is a list of artists that I highly recommend you to follow.
and anyone else on my following list! https://www.weasyl.com/following/sheppymomma
Some of these people I've known since my time on deviantART and staying connected with them has been a very rewarding experience. . Starting in a new place doesn't mean you have to completely abandon the old one. My deviantART, though mostly dormant has recently blossomed with brony fans. I would have never expected it, but I'm glad I still stuck around a little bit. DeviantART has not caused nearly as much stress as fA has caused a lot of folk so its understandable the need for a new cold-turkey start. If you must completely stop using fA for personal reasons, just know that there are a lot of great things that can come from starting a new gallery in a new place.
Just make sure you let your wonderful followers know where you are going. :)
I hope this helps.
19 January 2014 at 16:28:50 MST