Sunday, March 11, 2012

Art Communities: dA Group Feature

I seem to have a much different perspective on deviantArt's (relatively) new Group feature than most of the people around me. Too many feel there should be a limit to how many groups we are members of (not just of how many we can be administrators in) because they feel that it is necessary to develop a sense of community with every group they belong to, instead of just taking advantage of the extended audience and not hanging around to grab a beer (or socialize).

I've been doing this for a long time: reaching out to every audience I can to get my work out there. I'm hardly good enough to be published or featured in a well-honored booklet, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if I never get that far. I have two books of poetry published privately, and probably more on the way.

So instead of going the traditional route, I made my own path. I could spread myself as thin as possible, and waste all my time socializing with people who may or may not even care that I'm a writer, probably never read my submissions, and certainly never recommend me to others, or I could stop in for a quick visit, become a member long enough to submit something, and only come back if I have something else to submit.

Some people may not like it, but it's worked pretty well for me. There are too many writers out there these days, and too many of them are posting steaming piles of manure, so it's damn near impossible to be noticed (unless one gets noticed by one of the aforementioned "honorable publishers"). In all the years I've been doing this, I have more idle memberships than I can count, but also, more readers than I've ever hoped to have.