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How can I make my watchers happy?

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Falaffel

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I think OP gets it by now.
But of course let's confuse the shit out of 'em by throwing porn arguments around. Gawd I love this forum.
 

Tigercougar

Active Member
You know what actually WOULD make them happy? Requests. But then you'll get the people constantly demanding free art that at lot of times won't even say thank you if you draw something for them.
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
I was lazy-ass because you guys were doing a good job with the advice :).
 

Charrio

Artistic Mouse
Honestly try answering most comments that come in, always try and be polite and helpful if possible.
I try and reply to any question or comment that comes in, that and be productive.

The more you draw and share the more people see your stuff, don't just repost stuff tho it gets highly annoying.
I'm personally am watching over 3800 artists and can't comment on everything but try to when i really like something.

Also the more you comment the more people see your not just here for the views or to sell them something.
 

Tigercougar

Active Member
Honestly try answering most comments that come in, always try and be polite and helpful if possible.
I try and reply to any question or comment that comes in, that and be productive.

The more you draw and share the more people see your stuff, don't just repost stuff tho it gets highly annoying.
I'm personally am watching over 3800 artists and can't comment on everything but try to when i really like something.

Also the more you comment the more people see your not just here for the views or to sell them something.

Why do you watch so many people though? That's something I've wondered with FA users in general. I'm sure you're submission notification is a constant sea of images and you can't possibly get a good look at every image. You don't get overwhelmed?
 
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Joshkbosh

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Why do you watch so many people though? That's something I've wondered with FA users in general. I'm sure you're submission notification is a constant sea of images and you can't possibly get a good look at every image. You don't get overwhelmed?

Exactly! I only watch 300 people, but I get 100 new journals and around 200 new submissions, Just overnight!
 

Arshes Nei

Masticates in Public
Please don't make me get out the squirty spray :p
 

Charrio

Artistic Mouse
Why do you watch so many people though? That's something I've wondered with FA users in general. I'm sure you're submission notification is a constant sea of images and you can't possibly get a good look at every image. You don't get overwhelmed?

It gets overwhelming at times, like when I am away for a few days.
Then I usually just skim or if insane amounts nuke to clear them.

I watch so many artists cause, not sure ya know it but FA has TONs of great artists and people who are friendly and sweet. I watch a lot of artists cause I honestly love art, a picture doesn't have to be perfect or only drawn by some popular artist. I know how long it takes to make some of these pictures, countless hours spent making. Taking a look and mentioning I appreciate all that hard effort is my pleasure, I saw something that made me smile and I comment, hopefully to make the artist smile as well.

Watching so many, i find tons of art people may have missed and make new friends I would never of had.
 

rjbartrop

Active Member
I've always assumed that if someone chooses to watch me, it's because they liked what I was doing, even they weren't being particularly chatty. I've had pieces on other archives where the hits were going crazy, yet not a peep in the comments sections, so I don't think you can necessarily equate silence with disapproval. They may just think you're doing fine, and don't need their input. As for getting more watchers, that's already been adequately covered elsewhere.
I'd say, just keep doing what you're doing, and maybe try a few new things. Trying to create by poll just leads to a lot of boring, generic stuff.
 

jorinda

Member
Honestly try answering most comments that come in, always try and be polite and helpful if possible.
I try and reply to any question or comment that comes in, that and be productive.
This. If people see that you actually read their comments and care to answer, they're encouraged to comment more.

Go to their gallery and comment on their stuff. For some that's like "OMG one of my favourite artists saw my work" ;) It shows you're not self-centered.
 

azure-anomaly

New Member
Your watchers have watched you for a reason! Whatever you're doing currently, they must like some part of it to go through the effort of watching you and looking forward to what you do next. It should be up to you first and foremost what you draw and post.

That being said, what other people have stated about being social is really important! Get to know the user base you have and generally get an idea for your audience. Reply to comments, browse galleries and comment, fave works, thank for watches or wish them a good day...all are good methods for showing your user base you care.

If you really want to ask them a set of questions about your work/what they would like to see, provide a survey for them to complete + an incentive. This allows them to remain anonymous as they give you their opinion, and choosing from multiple choice questions is much easier than producing a response out of the air. As for an incentive - it could be art, a giveaway, whatever sounds good to you!

Hope this helps!
 
If you want a quick burst you're gonna need to consistently draw raunchy porn, particularly of a clique interest like Sonic.

Otherwise, you just keep drawing what you like and see if you ever get an art trade or a commission.

Once you have some image, you can work on changing it by adding clean stuff and what you really want to draw.
 

Arshes Nei

Masticates in Public
You don't need to draw porn. I wish people would stop with that advice.
 

Schwimmwagen

Well-Known Member
You're exactly right, but you cannot deny it's easier and faster to do so.

You'll get some watchers because you drew porn for a while.

When you decide you've got "enough" watchers because of your porn, you move to drawing what you want.

Those people never gave a shit about anything but your porn. They will then leave, making you have wasted a lot of time and effort on drawing tasteless smut.

If they don't leave immediately, they'll leave a lot of comments that will frustrate you.
 
Arshes, I must respect you and your opinion especially as you are FA staff, but I have to protest your dismissive tone. When I use that tone myself in a community I am usually suspended from it immediately.



Gibby, you are making several logical errors.
- Assuming that pornography equates to "tasteless smut" (although I admit on FurAffinity this is fairly consistent.)
- Assuming that switching from pornography means dropping it cold turkey overnight and suddenly doing two-color cubism or something else completely dissonant.
- Assuming that every single last person who ever watched you while you were drawing pornography, or even most of them, will leave when you are no longer drawing it.

There are plenty of people on FurAffinity who favorite porn /among other things/ and /are not/ shallow perverts, as you apparently presume every last one of our theoretical artist's watchers are. Just because you are drawing porn does not mean your talent as an artist will be completely overshadowed with every single person overlooking it. If it does, you are not such a good artist to begin with.

The point of watchers is not to have watchers, but to have traffic. A sudden explosion of popularity - for ANY reason - will give you a corresponding surge of traffic, which will reach most everyone on the site. If your erotic art is drawn well enough it will reach people who honestly like your art style, if indeed they happen to largely consist of people also interested in porn.

If you are a good artist, then your erotic art will reflect that just as much as your clean art will and will be every bit as good. It does not magically become shallow and clique.
 

Schwimmwagen

Well-Known Member
- Assuming that pornography equates to "tasteless smut" (although I admit on FurAffinity this is fairly consistent.)

so no error, then

- Assuming that switching from pornography means dropping it cold turkey overnight and suddenly doing two-color cubism or something else completely dissonant.

What if you actually don't really want to draw porn like those I was talking about?

- Assuming that every single last person who ever watched you while you were drawing pornography, or even most of them, will leave when you are no longer drawing it.

Even if they don't unwatch, there's a lot of chance that they'll stop paying attention. People who come for porn, stay because porn. Logic.

you apparently presume every last one of our theoretical artist's watchers are.

Dunno where you got this from

The point of watchers is not to have watchers, but to have traffic. A sudden explosion of popularity - for ANY reason - will give you a corresponding surge of traffic

Yes

by people looking for porn
 
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