I wanted to ask everyone for their thoughts and advice on a personal dilemma I've been facing lately. This is also a mild-rant/discussion with myself
I have a side art blog on tumblr and a Pintrest board for my artwork along with my DA page. Here on DA, I have no problem posting my latest works, even if I don't receive much feedback. I post things all the time on Pintrest. However, on my tumblr side art blog, I'm feeling lost, behind, and hesitant to post my work. I'm trying to rationalize this and find out what's wrong with me. It's unlike me to lack confidence in my artwork, and yet every time I go to post something on tumblr, I end up chickening out and pressing the cancel button. I'm used to not being a very big artist online. That's ok, I'm not complaining about that. I make art for my own sake and enjoy posting it to share with you all, appreciating gratefully any and all feedback I recieve. So it's not like fear of little recognition is stopping me. I'm gonna make art no matter what! ....so what's my problem?
I have a few theories:
DA was the first place I ever posted my work and thus my page has been with me throughout the entirety of my learning to draw. I'm comfortable with DA and have history. my tumblr page, on the other hand, is new, fresh, ....empty. I'd feel like I'm starting from scratch and would feel odd doing mass postings to display the artwork I've done up to this point that I would need to post to show who I am as an artist to any new followers.
I already have an established tumblr with, sorry if this sounds like bragging, a lot more followers than I ever expected to have. (seriously, i never thought I'd get over 10! lol!) Maybe I feel like since I already have this identity as nutella-fandom on tumblr, its weird to be posting work as checker-bee. And yet, my main blog already has a theme to it. Should I just post my work as nutella-fandom mostly and not as checker-bee?
Maybe, if I'm honest with myself, I really am afraid of little feedback I'd recieve. The way tumblr is set up, you see the recognition on a post a lot more directly than on DA. The number of likes/reblogs is right there, while as on DA, its subtly off to the side. Perhaps seeing that bold number at the bottom of a post is intimidating me, like I see how few notes it got.
Those are just a few ideas. Does anyone else have difficulties like this? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions
hope this wasn't too whiney or anything. Thanks for reading/listening