It seems to me, in this instant gratification society we have, especially here on the internet community, that if you aren’t talking about something relevant in pop culture, you aren’t going to get recognized. I’m mostly aiming this at artistic communities, like deviantART, but it’s true everywhere, it seems. Maybe I’m not looking in the right spots, but it seems to me that the internet condemns uniqueness. I don’t know. Maybe I’m delusional.
But on dA, a community which I’ve been part of and loved for over five years, this is certainly true. If you aren’t drawing or writing about celebrities, games, or popular novels, you aren’t going to get attention at all. I once wrote a novel series about vampires – actual mythological ones, not dumb fantasy ones – which gained some notoriety on the website because Twilight was just leaping off bookshelves and into the hearts of undersexed teenage girls. Almost all of my readers were Twitards. Though they liked my stories and characters, they only knew about it because of a vampire association.
More unique novels of mine that I posted, or even short stories, things I had crafted entirely my own that had no connection to popular culture, were virtually ignored.
For example, the chapters of Changeling that I uploaded have been read by few. Only one person comments, so I have no idea if anyone else is reading and enjoying. On the other hand, I wrote a poem for a character high on skooma, and because it’s from a popular phenomenon – The Elder Scrolls – people eat it up. It’s my second-most viewed piece on dA, and it gets plenty of views a day and comments and favourites and whatnot.
I like it, don’t get me wrong. It’s cute and light-hearted. But as much as I like it and the Elder Scrolls, poetry isn’t my passion, it isn’t what I want to be known for. It isn’t what I want critique on.
Is there anywhere online that actually encourages originality? God knows dA tries, but there’s only so much we can do to promote ourselves. I’ve basically given up on the place, for now at least.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep harassing you fine folks with teasers and short stories from my brain, because I need somewhere to dump it.
On a final note, it was my birthday on Tuesday. I’m finally 19, and I can legally drink all over my country. Woo hoo.