It was hard to take this decision, but I slowly adapted myself to make this possible. I also thought of making myself a twitter account, but I think some posts can be messy there and if I share someone else's art there it can be really messy. Maybe sometime in the future?
Leaving deviantart was for me almost unthinkable. It became automatic coming here and checking the site since I've been here for so many years. It's like having to leave a relationship with someone you dated for long and still loved very much. Letting go is really heartbreaking...
Your question might be "will you still be posting art here though?" and the answer is yes. I will still post all the art I make here for my loyal watchers until the site goes down (which by my calculations, shouldn't take too long), but not posting them in groups or writing new journals. I spend a lot of time working on art already. Posting them on every social media without any kinds of agency is also harder than it might look! I wish I had a platform where I could post everywhere at the same time without having to resize my drawings... But I think nobody invented this yet.
This may sound egocentrical as well, but I need support to keep doing what I do. It's already hard to find time to draw at all, and no one commenting on your stuff and giving you support can be disencouraging. I remember posting on 19 groups being enough to give me a certain amount of views. Now submitting to groups is not even worth the time. Sometimes I get a sudden pageview peak, like 300 pageviews in a day, but I'm almost sure that's not internal deviantart traffic.
I also know I should submit more often to have a solid fanbase, but this is not how real life works. Artists who become tremendously famous here hardly do something else in their lives, or struggle too much posting that they moved to other social media, or are naturally artists who everyone would watch. Deviantart has a consumption culture some people cannot keep up with. It's like "quantity over quality", and the community also drains a lot of your time. And that's not how I intend to work anymore. Tumblr, for example, gives you a notification when one of your followed artists post something after a long time, and that's ideal for the art world. It's heartbreaking to see that my idol artists use tumblr for sketches instead of posting everything here and letting us have everything in one account.
I think Deviantart failed to adapt itself to the modern world and that's why so many people are leaving. You all know that this site is dying. This is a thing. Many of our favorite artists decided to leave. I'm sure many of you guys don't browse for art anymore, the art just comes at you by interest and social media algorythms and by posting hashtags. Deviantart tried to do this in a very derpy way and just made some huge thumbnails, making you give attention to very specific pieces of art and now no one has the opportunity to grow anymore. They just implemented new things and totally forgot the main concept of the site. Besides, most of the online traffic is on mobile nowadays and the deviantart app sucks.
I made many accounts because I want to keep contact with all of you. I'm almost sure most people won't have just a deviantart account here and I want all of you to come interact with me in other social media.
My newly made instagram: www.instagram.com/sayuuisama/
My facebook page: [link] (might just be posting things there and leaving due to facebook's algorythm)
My tumblr (I'm drawing and making interesting article posts there!): sayuuiponpon.tumblr.com/
My Artstation: www.artstation.com/sayuui
My Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPptg…
My pixiv: pixiv.me/sayuui
My steam account: steamcommunity.com/id/sayuui
I might also be making a discord account soon, but I have to look it up first.
I want to thank this platform though for all the amazing experience and all the amazing friends I met! Thank you so much for all the support throughout the years!! <333