Probably one of my few complaints about DA has been the fact that the smaller channels seldom Get little to no traffic even just to receive constructive criticism and to borderline ask for it you need a premium account. Hopefully this will change in the near future.
A lot people just like to look. There is so much coming in someone's inbox if they watch several people, so it's too much work to react on everything. Don't worry, your art is been seen, many people are just lazy.
nah you just have to keep going if its something you really care about. If you keep moving forward you will just keep building on what you already have PLUS remember if you really want more people to look at your stuff just market yourself as much as you can.
I have almost 1400 watchers but I get around 150 favs per image and it slows down a lot after this (this means hundreds of fussy favers aren't faving my stuff). I'm still trying to figure out what my work is missing. When I ask for critiques I rarely get them so I ask questions in polls about decisions for images. People seems to love polls.
Well, I can't complain about the feedback I get, even if I have less watchers.
Maybe you should try to make your stuff more interesting. I, as an example try to make my journals fun to read and not going too much into detail because I could bore my watchers and I try to write about interesting topics or anecdotes. (If I'm not doing a meme of course).
Same with the art. Interesting where you put effort in it that people have something to say. Of course there's no guarantee for things like that.
But I get the most feedback from people who watch me back, anyway.
I'm more of the silent stalker type, I just never comment or favorite things ._. I just look through the whole of someone's gallery and comment on their page if I want to say somthing....
Also since I have lots (4000+) of watchers I tend to get quite alot of comments, but then some days I wont get any... maybe one or two, and I think 'Does no one liek dis? ;U;' I think we've all just got to work hard and make the most of what we do get...
A lot of times people will watch you just because you watched them and they don't want to feel like a dick. In such cases, they'll often sort of ignore what you post or alter their friend settings to not even see it at all. Other times people are just inactive and stumbled upon your account one day, only to never return to the site since. I'm sure there are even some who have made brand new accounts and moved on.
Critiques and feedback can be hard to get for anyone though unless your work is exceptional enough to get a ton of views. In such cases, critiques can't always be trusted anyway because people will write those just to get their username/avatar near the top of the page to feed off the deviation's popularity. Critiques are just kind of something you have to get lucky with I think, and hope somebody comes along who's nice enough to say something/help you improve as there is no real incentive for people to take the time to write them unless they enjoy it already.
There are, however, groups that can help you. If you haven't looked around at different groups already, I'd give it a try. There are ones specifically aimed at giving/receiving critiques. (Although I think there are usually some stipulations with these like you have to give a number of critiques yourself or your art has to already be good enough for them to allow it in the group.) There is one that is a pretty sure-fire bet to get you feedback though if you participate to some degree. It's the #GetWatchers group. They've got their own website thing that links to deviations here that people have submitted, and it'll pull up a random one for you to rate on a scale of 1-10. The more you do, the more your own deviations will show up for other people to rate. It's something I'll do from time to time when I'm board and just want to zone out/listen to music. It also gives you some idea (although not always specific) of the overall quality of whatever piece you submitted.