EDIT(10/02/15): To everyone who took their time to write something in response to this journal entry; Thank you. I may not have replied to all of you, but I've read every single one and am grateful for everything. It's a reassuring feeling having you all here for such a trivial, yet stressful problem. I promise you all I'm not leaving, nor taking a break from dA. If I did that I wouldn't be able to show you all the art ideas that are constantly flooding my head, haha.
All in all, you guys make my time on dA worthwhile, even through the bad times. Thank you again for continuing to support me and my gallery. Here's to the future.~
...I really do wonder why I still stick around here on dA.
I am a simple guy. You respect me, I respect you. You treat me like shit, and I treat you like shit. It's a mutual relationship, is it not? I respect a lot of you who frequently visit my gallery, and I thank a lot of you for your continued support. It always means a lot to me when I get to read your motivating comments in my inbox. Truly nothing else is as big a factor in my continuation to produce art for you all to enjoy.
Of course, this is the bright side of the spectrum. The ever vocal minority can sour this experience on this site fairly often. Cheeky one-liners like "this looks like a digimon." or "terrible" without any intent other than to insult hurts. It hurts a lot, and only fouls my mood for the rest of the day. And that's only part of it. If I tell you to stop doing something and you continue to do it anyways, am I in the wrong? Am I wrong for intervening in my gallery? Defending my watchers who just want to look at my art instead of bicker? Do I not have any authority or respect? It's frustrating. As I said, I love reading all your comments, but sometimes it feels the negative ones outweigh the positives too often for me. And I don't want to have to disable them either. It's quite the conundrum for me, really.
I could just ignore the bad comments like I usually do, but will that stop me from seeing them? No. Will ignoring them altogether stop them from coming? Not at all. I am powerless there. The ones who decide whether a comment is a positive or negative influence on me is you.
My apologies for this somewhat lengthy text post. I've been getting this kind of crap at a more frequent rate this past week and needed to get it off my chest. tl;dr: The idiots on this site are idiots. Frustrating ones.
Unrelated: For the commissioners currently on my list, I will get to your commissions next week. Taking a quick break to churn out some last minute SM4SH art before the ballot ends this Saturday.