I think it's pretty fair to say that there has been some big changes to DeviantArt in the last year, and while there have been a few decent changes, I'm starting to doubt about if I want to continue to be a member of DeviantArt.
Over the last year, there has been a large amount of posts of people complaining about the new deviantART branding, or the focus of the website isn't right, or the community just not feeling the same anymore.
Even though I didn't intend on staying on DeviantArt when I first joined all those years ago, I chose to stay because I found numerous people who I felt were just like me, wanting to try and be a part of the community, share work, interact with others and help those who may be starting up and trying to get feedback. But I think I may have reached my limit with DA. After my premium (or "core") membership expires in October, I'm seriously thinking about deleting my account altogether (and the same goes for the Pure--Nature
group if I can't get someone to take over for me).
Over the last couple of years, I have tried so hard to be an active member of the community, but I refuse to be a part of a community where some of the most well known members/ex-employees/volunteers complain about what is happening to the community. I get that it needs to be updated to keep up to date with what people want, but how am I supposed to enjoy it when my heart just isn't in it anymore? I just don't have the energy to try and put myself out there on DA anymore.
Every time that I have mentioned DeviantArt to a friend or colleauge, the response is usually along the lines of "DA is rubbish, DA isn't a good art site", and while I would have defended that before, I just can't find the energy to do that now. My experience over the past year has been pretty poor. Nothing has changed. And what I mean by that is I haven't changed from using DA. I don't speak to members (although a very big part of that is due to me being very awkward in a social situation, even online), most of the groups that I am a member of either doesn't operate well, has ridiculous submission rules, or isn't even active, and people even seem to be hostile over a goddamn llama badge for crying out loud!
DeviantArt has helped me with developing my photography skills, but I guess I have reached the stage where I just cannot see any reason to stay active on this website anymore. I want to stay, but I feel like I am just wasting my time even logging on these days.
DA, I don't know what to do with you at this point...