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October 11, 2012
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You Don't Deserve a DD

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:56 AM
You might deserve a Nobel Prize (pluripotent stem cells omg).

You might deserve an Olympic gold medal.

But you're never, ever going to deserve a Daily Deviation.

neuropls what is this.

Dudes, a DD is a feature, not an award. There's no objective standard that goes 'here you deserve a big prize now.' Hell, it's not even about the artist being a talented young newbie or a curmudgeonly old fart.

It's about the art.

It's about bringing underexposed art to the forefront for a whole day—yeah, as far as features go this one is probably a bigger deal than being in a journal only twenty people click on, but at the end of the day it's still a feature. Nothing wrong with getting excited over it (or peeing yourself or wondering whom you managed to piss off), but it's not exactly resume material.

So now that we've gotten that out of the way…. There's the occasional journal or forum post floating around, wondering how the hell these things get picked and, usually, why they haven't gotten one yet even though they post so much writing. And the funny part is that despite concerns being responded to at length and by a much nicer person than myself, people keep doing it. So these blogs keep being necessary. (Hi, StJoan!)

I want to say now that if you're sour grapes over never having got a DD, this isn't the journal for you. Actually, this isn't the site for you. Your attitude needs a major adjustment. Hating on someone for making you think you need to work harder or put yourself out there more doesn't make any sense. And it's not doing the community any favors when you spread your hate around and get other people to jump on the baww bandwagon.

Frankly, I don't see anyone go around claiming they 'deserve' a DD for spending two hours making a drawing with bad anatomy and inaccurate lighting, especially if they know they're just starting out in the world of drawing. (Not that there aren't well thought out ideas on what a DD is from Digital Art GMs CVs.)

I get that literature is a lot more subjective, but you need to respect the fact that anyone who gets featured has put in a lot of hard work. Maybe not into that particular piece, but into developing themselves as a writer. There's nothing stopping you from doing the same, but until you do, don't expect a thing.

But yeah, a little bit of insight: picking DDs is a lot of work okay.

There is no super-secret special tool we get to make finding awesome literature easy. It's literally the same thing you do, except since this isn't personal favorites, the criteria have to be even stricter. (Okay, fine. I'm anal about what goes into my favorites anyway. Hush, you.) And, while you can favorite stuff as infrequently as you like, it's important to get at least one lit piece featured a day, so omg hunt hunt hunt.

Sifting through every vaguely interesting piece that floats by, looking for the unnoticed gems, takes forever. WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULD SUGGEST MORE THINGS, INCLUDING YOUR OWN STUFF. Even if they're not selected, that's another artist on my radar who wasn't there before! And that's a little more time I can dedicate to finding ridiculous GIFs working on community projects!

Now, there's this huge misconception that getting a feature is a game-changer. I can tell you from experience that it rarely means more watchers or even hits on the non-featured stuff. And that's how multiple DDs happen. If someone has an amazing piece with ten whole views then it doesn't matter how many previous features they've gotten, that work deserves its own place in the spotlight. (Check out each person's suggestion guidelines, there's usually something about this.)

Yes, there's a preference for first-timers—of course there is—but at the end of the day, what matters is the art. I don't get the kind of people who feel the need to comment "tl;dr" on anything more than a hundred words, but it's a lot more honest than the people who say everything sucks when they're too busy being resentful to read it. Guys, the site knows not every feature is going to get all the fans. FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

Anyway, this is your open invitation to ask any and all questions about the process. I can't guarantee my answers apply all the time, but there are a lot of misconceptions that need a kick to the face and this is where it starts.


:iconbeccalicious::iconthorns::iconnicswaner: <- your friendly lit CVs!


The awesome skin is still ^pica-ae's, and the awesome GIF stash is still ^Pixel-Spotlight's. I hope you weren't expecting more of a different Doctor, =LadyofGaerdon. (David Tennant makes the best faces OKAY. ;p)

But, seriously, talk. If you're afraid of voicing an objection here, note one of us.
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eV13il Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I, personally, don't understand why so much photography gets featured.
But other than that, I think the whole system of DD's is a good one. It helps promote exposure and although some people have more trouble than others getting featured, it's still nice to see a wide variety actually getting the feature.
I know how it feels to be a DD-hopeful, but like you said, you can't let it be the only thing you work for. It's better to work for a grand motivating cause that's specific to yourself rather than something you view as a competition when it's actually not.
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot of photography on the site--and some of the subcategories are pretty underrepresented ;p you could say the same thing about digital art.

Yes, absolutely!
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Writer
I am glad you communicated this, especially in such an entertaining fashion. I like DDs simply because they do focus on the art. We have plenty of other ways in which individuals are honored or celebrated, whether they deserve these accolades, favs, watches, seniority, etc. is another matter, entirely. But a feature is just a way of saying "hey, take a look at this! Maybe you'll like it". I've been very fortunate to have had 4 of my pieces featured as DDs. What was so awesome about it was it was done by my peers, my fellow artists. I was always very surprised and honored when it happened, and it never crossed my mind that i had earned it. And I obviously don't believe that somehow i've arrived or that i'm somehow superior to any other writers who haven't yet had a piece featured. I have read many wonderful poems that are far, far better than anything i've ever written, and they have few views and no recognition and the artist is not jumping up and down demanding that they should get their turn in the spotlight. There's something very cool about that. Maybe i just find humility attractive in that way. And to the people who feel their art deserves to be featured, i would ask this one question: how will you derive real and unassuming joy from the moment when your art is finally featured if it was something you expected, something you felt you were owed? The best you could hope to feel in that case is vindication; a poor substitute for the happy surprise of a selfless act made by your fellow artists.
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, seriously :highfive: I've seen people be all 'aww this wasn't the piece I wanted featured,' to which it's like a) self suggest, come on and b) just enjoy it dude. (I have to remind myself of the latter :shifty:)
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not so much about the art or not even the artists who get them, I have nothing against them. But what bugs me the most is, that some CVs give DDs to artists who have already received multiple of them, and quite possibly even very recently. If it's about exposing underrated artists to the audience, why feature people who already have thousands of watchers and millions of pageviews again and again, be their art divinely gorgeous or not? I do realise with literature it might be a lot harder to find decent pieces out there, but there certainly is not a shortage of visual arts.

...sour grapes, of course. ;D
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
the system doesn't allow us to feature someone that had a DD over the past 6 months, at least, so they shouldn't be that recent :D
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh? Is that a new feature then? Because I remember seeing DDs given in a shorter time span than 6 months. But I can't point you to an example right now, since I have no clue whose gallery it was. And it was some time ago, so perhaps the site didn't have that restriction available yet? I have no idea. : D But I am sure of what I found, though.
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It used to be once every 3 months, earlier this year it was upped to 6 :D
DonRondo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. That explains something. Thanks for the info. : )
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem :hug:
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