... shortly this is how I can describe it.
Maybe it is a very common problem, maybe I'm just one of the lucky ones...
I just guess that community sites or sites with community functions overload people with information, and in the end the useful information or important questions are lost too.
My dA statistics say that theoretically I have 249 watchers.
A few of these are multiple accounts of the same person, and probably some of them were deactivated/banned/moved. That still leaves about 200 individuals.
Still when I write a journal or start a poll to shorten the asking process, I rarely get a few answers.
One reason can be that it is my fault, because I ask the wrong questions with the wrong words, or people believe that I don't even care about their opinion etc. etc.
[On the other hand I still remember a deviant who frequently wrote really long journals about how much they hate their watchers and generally just humans too including themselves, and those journals got more comments than when I ask people what would they prefer, because I'd like to adapt to my watchers needs - that's a different thing, that without proper answers from enough people I just can't because I'm not exactly a mind reader]
Another reason can be that most of my watchers turned off journals, because I made them angry with something.
Another reason is that they ignore journals and polls because they are generally overloaded, and they probably do the same with everyone else's journals, except maybe a few close friends'.
Actually all of these are perfectly understandable.
But all of these leave me with the problem that I don't have any ways to communicate with all watchers (or at least the majority of them). If I want to ask the opinion of people, I just can't leave 200 comments or notes.
But I can't think about the poll answers and rare journal comments as something representative, because it is not.
The more I think about it, the more it leads me to a single idea, that I shouldn't write journals or use polls.
But then I think about people who get many comments on their journals, it doesn't matter if it's whining about personal issues, talking about movies or hating people, or... bathing their pets or whatever you can imagine.
And that tells me that the problem is still with me, and not with the overloading community sites.
[Not that it changes the basic problem that I can't communicate with you. But it means that I should change something about myself.]
Sometimes I think about those who told me that I'm too negative about myself.
It can be true, but I'm basically negative when I'm uncertain. For some reason if I don't get enough feedback I tend to think that I'm walking into the wrong direction.
And I don't think about comments on my deviations... but feedback generally.
Sometimes that's why I try to openly ask your opinion about things, or do crazy things to see if people notice it (my experience is that they don't).
So, I really didn't want to reach this point, but I can't do anything against it.
I am forced to ignore what my watchers think. :c
When I joined dA, I was like all the new members, and thought that artists who don't answer comments, and communicate with only their little inner circles they are elitists and don't give any chance to new arrivals to get to know them better, and introduce themselves too.
But as years passed I also had to face various problems, including: art theft, spamming, the dilemma between fan art or original art, some dramalama,getting
, being overloaded, being misunderstood and being ignored.
That's the bad side of a "community" site.
It promises the opportunity to show yourself, to get friends, to learn, to discuss thoughts, but it also makes most of it nearly impossible, because things on a community site just don't work like that.
It also doesn't help that I'm not very good with people. I can't sell myself [to use such a fashionable expression]. But when I tried, because I thought you want that, it didn't matter, nobody cared.
I think that soon I will reach the point when I just give up, and become just like those seemingly elitist deviants I noticed as a new member. [maybe that will finally satisfy you too
Because currently when I complain about the majority of my watchers or about the "community" I constantly hurt my few friends who actually read my complaining [instead of those who should read it] :c
Though it's still funny that I have absolutely no idea why those 200 people watch me XD because I don't see any sign of them. Except ...10 maybe 15 people's name appears in my inbox, but the others do nothing at all, absolutely nothing. They are as silent as a fish.
[So I don't even have the reason to believe that they watch me for art, and they just don't have time for journals and polls.]