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09 June 2008 @ 10:45 pm
Bandwagons.  
I find a lot of LJ fans out there disappoint me. I'm not talking about people who are fans of LJ, but rather fans of movies, graphic, etc. that are on LJ.

What disappoint me the most is the fact that most of them are in the high school frame of mind. You know, the I'll-conform-to-the-rules-of-the-queen-bee-or-whoever's-popular-without-question kind of thing.

For example, a few years ago, there was a big boom about using tiny text as decoration for icon making. It was great for awhile, and it's still good now, but I don't get why it's so amazing. If you're an icon maker, can't you make your own tiny text? It's so simple and easy. No one can read it, so you can curse your enemies to death and no one would know. Instead, people vigorously download tiny text brushes that others have made.

I have two problems with this. First, tiny text is easy to make, as I've stated above. Second, if someone popular post a set of tiny text brushes, no matter how boring it is, hundreds of people will comment and say it's the most amazing thing they've ever seen. However, if someone without connection or popularity post a similar set of tiny text brushes, five people will comment.

There are so many icon/brushes/graphic makers out there that are wonderful, and they barely get recognition, only because they don't jump on bandwagons repeatedly just to get a few extra comments. They're the ones that do whatever they want because they have passion about the things they love, and if what they like just happen to be a popular thing at that moment (like Harry Potter), then so be it, but usually, they don't sell themselves short for some bandwagon.

I guess maybe I'm just one of those people that don't jump on bandwagons, and I have friends who are like that who I think make wonderful icons, but they don't get enough recognition. Sure, they don't spew out 20 icons per day, seven days a week, but that doesn't mean they aren't as good or better than other icon makers.

I could always make a set of tiny text brushes and offer them to see if people would leave me comments about how great my brushes are, but I would feel like I'm selling myself short for some comments. I know that my brushes get a lot of downloads, like 400+, even if I only get five comments. And I know why -- because I'm not popular. I don't ask for comments on how great my brushes are. What I want is to know who's using my brushes, and I like to check out their journals because I'm usually bored, and I've met several of my LJ friends this way.

I know my work isn't amazing [yet], but I have pride in what I do nonetheless, and jumping on bandwagons just so I could be a part of the popular crowd, like teh_indy or awmp isn't something I want to do. I'd rather be popular because I did something unique, but in this LJ world full of followers, being unique won't get me far in life. Nevertheless, it won't stop me from making graphics that I like. So what if my only fan on my graphic community is my sister? At least I have a fan.
 
 
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Lynnie Poostarri_clouds on June 10th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Good for you! Keep working at it and you'll get the recognition you deserve eventually.
Meeps!: hp - bonnie & rupertdark_soul_lost on June 17th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Hahah, I finally got 2 people (other than me and Letran) who are now willingly (I forced Letran to look at my stuff) watching my graphics community. *celebrates*

I had to delete the other comment cause I said 'willingly' twice x.x
Rae Rae McRaererson.: NMTB - You know everything? I like it.eraticschematic on June 11th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Dude, I totally agree. Popularity DOES NOT equal talent around here. (Not to say that some graphics makers on lj aren't talented if they ARE popular, but that is outside the point.)

And yeah, my poor little graphics community has suffered for a while-and its not that I've stopped making graphics, just that I don't share them as much anymore. I'm very well aware that the few people who are aware of my comm are friends and thats pretty much it-and fine with me. I'm always aware that somewhere, someone may like the graphics and snag them (what I put them out there for..) but I'm also very aware that in our internet anonymous culture that people are all about snagging them, modifying them, or saying that they made them. (Hubris? Is that you? Maybe arrogance instead.) I'm not saying my stuff is AH-MA-ZING, or that it merits everyone's attention. Just that I know there are people out there like that, and it makes me think twice before I post something I've spent weeks on, you know?

Anyway. Novel aside-I'm a fan of yours. :D
Meeps!: hp - bonnie & rupertdark_soul_lost on June 12th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
That's the problem with so many people out there. They don't appreciate the work that others like us put in to create these graphics for them. There's always a lot of energy, commitment, and work involved. We don't have Photoshop actions that create these graphics in 5 seconds. We dedicated a lot of our time into them and instead of leaving us a comment of appreciation or follow our rules, they think it's not worth their time to do it. What's worse is that when I go see what these people are doing with my graphics, sometimes it disheartens me because they use it without any sort of artistic dedication whatsoever. Nevertheless, I still make these graphics because I know I'm dedicated and I'm willing to do it for the sake of sharing and promoting appreciation between artist and fans. I have no doubt that our graphics are good, great, or even amazing. The reason why we don't get the appreciation we deserve is because we're not part of the 'in' crowd or the popular crowd.

And *hugs*
nitachan: hisashi showing guitarnitanitachan on June 25th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
*pops in because out of boredom*

you are so right.... I got a few brushes froma friend... and I was like wtf? so many textbrushes?

and I like the stuff you do....
another annoying thing... those little white squares... sometimes with text. they so don't fit any icon *sigh*

well at least I will work hard too, to get a bit of recognition ;)

keep your work going ^^
Meeps!: lotr - faramir & eowyn - into your eyesdark_soul_lost on June 26th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
I hope you will get the recognition you deserve. We'll both work hard to get what we want, and remember not to lose track of what you love to do. Just stick to what you love to do best, even if the things you make aren't what's 'in' now (what's popular nowadays). It doesn't mean you make bad graphics. It just means people don't know how to appreciate it. But there will always be certain people who won't jump on bandwagons and they'll love what you do.
nitachan: I believe I can flynitanitachan on June 26th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
I hope you will get what you deserve too XD

and of course I stick to my kind of... "style" I think it's not existing, but others said it is XD just stick to yours too, I love your textures and stuff.

about other people.... well... when I'm in a competition and see the results of a vote... I sometimes want to throw up....
but I like to play ;) so I will always have a bunch of icons that are unique XD