Yeah you guessed it. (apologies for this journal's girth)
Basically it's this. I've considered dumping FA for a long time anyway. Why? because it's a website for free art distribution (NOT PEOPLE). They're dime-o-dozen. You can find them pretty much anyplace, and if you find a good one or two you'd want to post to more then the other not-so-good one you should feel free to post to one but not the other right? ...well. Yeah, that's how it should work. For someone like me it's alittle bit tougher. For alot of us FA was our first official "anthro/furry" fanbase. I started off on DA actually, and for some reason moving from DA to FA was a piece of cake...probably because alot of the people who were following me and I was following were all on FA anyway... so that made the move easier. It was the people, not the website that made this easier.
I'm running into the same thing for Weasyl! Nearly everyone that consistently comments, faves, follows etc are here, and about 80% of the artists I love and can't live without are also here.
So what's the hold-up, right?
Well, the only difference here this time is that FA has become my go-to place to find all of my commission information, openings, etc etc. Commissions have become my income this past year, and I love it, and don't want to give that up. Especially with my anxiety/grief/depression being so all-over the place, working from home and earning far more then I could at any other-joe-job has been a blessing. BUT, Weasyl has made it easy for folks to transition without a hitch, and I DID just take my TOS/prices/guidelines documents offsite recently!
Ugh...and PR....PR is... very important. Basically I'm torn between what is the moral/right thing to do, and what is the more practical thing to do at this point. If I leave FA people complain, if I stay people complain. I just don't know what people want. When I'm seeing folks on my journals throwing words around like "ragequit", "drama", "furry-drama-lol" and "See ya! [derogatory comments about artists who are leaving]
I just wonder:
-ok...nothing about this bothers you even alittle? I'm no social justice warrior or anything, but something has seemed very fishy about this the whole time...especially when people started getting silenced.
-Are you just not fully educated about the situation beyond the accusations from 2010?
-Is following me on an alternate website so tedious and painful for you?
-Do you think this is normal "furry-drama"?
-Why are you even watching me if you're so quick to say "L8tr h8tr!" when I'm contemplating shifting my energy elsewhere?
...am I.... a piece of meat to you people? I actually do care about what people think of me, it's a weakness I guess.
I don't know.... what I'm getting at is for me, being someone who is constantly anxious, I don't want to hang my hat in a place with so much hate. There's always hate on FA, and now it's escalated to some ungodly level that I really don't feel like being a part of anymore.
For right now on Weasyl, I see nothing but members helping other members making their transition, cyber-back-pats, handshakes, welcomes...clean slate. It really is nice to see a website that's nearly 100% positive energy right now.
As of today, I will be shifting my energy to this site from FA. From now on I'll be treating FA like I do IB and SF. To me, FA is becoming the alternate website to Weasyl...not the other way around. I will keep my FA, keep my art up, and still post journals about commissions and sketch streams. On FA it's now officially just business (not that it wasn't already, basically), and watching the few artists that are left on my watchlist that do not have Weasyls yet. Everyone on my watchlist on FA who is here on Weasyl will be removed to keep things simple. Commissions nabbed from FA will be posted there, same with SF and IB...... but everything will be posted to Weasyl regardless of it's origin. Weasyl makes it easy for me to organize personal art, commissions, and gifts/trades, so why not post everything here right?! Weasyl is showing that camaraderie that I truly love about most furry-fans.
OK I have to stop this before it gets even longer and more rambly. Thanks to everyone who's followed me here from FA. You guys are pretty awesome. Together we will make this website awesome too.
Lookit that.... I posted to Weasyl first before FA! sobs