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Tumblr vs Deviantart

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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I'm wondering if I should also start a Tumblr account to see funny things but also to post my art and maybe get some more attention. Someone did tell me that it is better but I would like to hear others opinions on Tumblr. Is it better than DA? Is it worse? Why? Is there another website I should use?

Thanks for your help in advance!~
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AlicornMoonstar Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Tumblr is okay for fandoms once you find your little corner of it, but DAs single focus on art still makes it feel more homey to me. It's good to have a tumblr but also nice not to put all your energy into one site should one of them not be around in a few years
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand, thanks for the insight!
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CosySister Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
I considered joining it for a while, but I got scared away by the things that happened there at the time..

Tumblr is less filtered than most pages from what I can see which was why I wanted to join so I could post things without having to put mature content and censor myself, I realized though after some time that people don't censor themselves as much here on DA as I thought. I occasionally post blood and gore and I was scared that someone was gonna complain.. so far nothing though and even if it happens I'm not gonna censor my art. That's just not my way.

But yeah, back to the main reason I didn't bother to join, of course there is the toxicity you constantly hear about today but one incident especially put me off, it was that one Steven Universe fan who got bullied into suicide because she drew a character skinnier (a bunch of people mistook this for fat shaming and of course they flipped their bricks). It just made me really sad to see and it put me off the idea of having a Tumblr for a long time. I've heard that they're much more harsher there towards things they don't like, while on DA people seem to do the whole "If you got nothing nice to say.." deal more often.

A plus side to joining Tumblr though is that you get to design you're own page yourself for free, but I couldn't figure it out so I didn't bother, Tumblr was just too cluttered to me while DA seems more organized. 
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do agree on all your points. All the flak artists have been getting from Tumblrites is so bad and it does seem cluttered. But I am considering Animo, it seems to be a neat little site and from what I've seen/read, the community is like DA's, really nice and not that harsh unlike Tumblr~
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CosySister Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yeah, it sounds like Animo would be the better option :)
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup and I did hear it's a little better for lesser known artists to get out there
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017   General Artist
I despise Tumblr, but it's good for posting fan art. It's hard to get deeper interactions, though, b/c there is no true comment/reply system like on dA, no galleries, no forums, not even permanent notifications for people who follow you when you post something. If you do make a Tumblr, beware of the rampant toxicity and hate among some communities...
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am aware of the toxicity on Tumblr, but also thanks for giving me insight on more of the features.
No galleries and forums can make it difficult for you get noticed.
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   General Artist
Yeah, you mostly have to hope that a blog with many followers reblogs your work...
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The-Dork-Side Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tumblr's not that great but it depends on what you draw and what tags it'll show up in. But this site is made specifically for drawing whereas Tumblr is kind of a gamble because you can't promote yourself as easily.
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the insight
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colourless-sun Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I am more popular here than tumblr (I know, I'm not even 'popular' here) but I guess it depends how much you promote yourself.
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Naariel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017   Digital Artist
Both are good. 
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LegacyDestiny Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Well I use tumblr quite a bit and to me it's just easier to use yeah you have porn and stuff but you won't see it unless you look it up on there very much
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok!
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Starfire-Productions Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've had a Tumblr account for a while but get pretty much zero interest on there. 
The only folks that follow me are ones who followed my links on here.
Basically, whatever sites I use (DA / FB / Tumblr) I always put the links to my other pages and folks just choose the one they use the most.
It's not really that important how many folks follow my art, I'd rather have good interaction with other artists than just anonymous likes / reblogs.
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YukiSenmatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student General Artist
I'd stick with DA since I barely use that thing.

You may also have a bit of a high chance of a pornbot giving you a follow on there
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm ok
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Wimsicat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Tumblr is generally a bit more difficult to rally a following onto. It's also a lot more anonymous in comparison to DeviantArt. I feel that art theft is a lot easier to get away with on Tumblr (reposts without credit and such). It's generally not a bad environment, aside from the bots that may follow you if you have safe mode off. What you see depends on what blogs you follow and the tags you look into. A lot of people say that Tumblr is awful in terms of drama but it isn't any worse than any other website could be if you are actively looking to engage in negative banter like that. I like the site for what it is. For me, it's kind of just something that I have on the side, I don't really pay attention to it or frequent the site. 
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So what I'm getting from people is that you should have a following before going onto Tumblr, which I guess makes sense! Thanks for your input!
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Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had a Tumblr for quite a while until I ended up deleting it and started to write a Finnish blog on Blogger. I enjoyed Tumblr in it's own way. Certain artists only use Tumblr for stuff like WIPs and tutorials and there was also some amazing nature photography going on in there. However especially in the last few months I started getting a lot of 'pr0n followers' which got really old really quickly. There was also a lot of GIF spamming and drama from time to time. There's also the chance for harassment since people seem to think that Tumblr is their ticket for doing whatever the hell happens.

So I just don't bother anymore :/ No one probably reads my Finnish blog but at least I'm safe from all the pr0n and drama.
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well yeah at least you're safe now. Thanks for the insight!
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Will-Reierson Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017   Writer
I've had zero success with tumblr, and I've tried posting writing AND painting consistently. Nada. I think getting people to see your stuff on tumblr is more down to luck and the tags you use than actually being engaged with other people on the site, so I say deviantART all the way. There's loads of other art websites too, but a lot of them seem to be pretty exclusive to the REALLY good artists, so if you're just starting out, deviantART seems like the place to be.
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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Writer
tumblr also seems to be a bad place to interact/post comments on stories.... ive never ever seen anyone comment on tumblr... ok maybe 1 time. and that's it. they only repost.... and the links change all the time, so eventually the original post either doesn't exist or got moved :stare: fing weird
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Will-Reierson Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017   Writer
Ehhhh, yeah, that sounds shady to me. Not something that I want to be a part of.
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:iconimperialkit:
ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the insight! I hope you get more recognition now~
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lilrebelart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I say that most times it doesn't hurt to be on several platforms. More platforms, the more chances of getting exposed. 
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:iconimperialkit:
ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I think that too but I don't want to start a  Tumblr only to get no traffic there at all
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AsmoArael Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Just adding my 2cents, as someone who used both.

Tumblr is great if you are mostly a fanartists. Fanart tends to get a lot of attention on this website. But that's it. If you do a lot of original art, like me, it's really hard to get noticed.
 Plus some of the fandoms can be really toxic , there are multiple cases of fans harassing and threatening artists because they drew characters not the "right way".
DeviantArt is better for original art. Of course Fanarts gets more attention, but imo it's less extreme than on Tumblr. If you want attention just post into the right groups.
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:iconimperialkit:
ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I have heard of a bunch of stories based on artists not drawing the character "the right way". Thanks for your two cents!
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achipps Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you can get a lot of attention here from friends, but this is a website for artist and the artist who can see your art, might not care, because they have their own art, and if you are better then they just want to be better too. If they are better the attention you might get is to help you get better. 

When people see your art that is not an artist you might find people who actually think it is good and like it, but there is always times when so much stuff goes on your art gets drowned out and some might never see it. 

I noticed that on facebook because they have a limit and when 50 people say happy birthday I might see three of them because only ten at a time can be shown so you can show a time line that has more days in it. I had no clue some people was still commenting until I started to delete everything and I saw people commenting that I have not heard from in 5 years, and they have been commenting the whole time while I was not responding, because I didn't see it.

I get likes for my art and I always see new people who likes my art, and not people who are my friends. It just shows how somethings can get around, and it tames time to grow. 

If you had a website to show your art then you would have the same problem because your name needs to be more unique, and even if it was then a lot of people need links to your website like on your art they have on their computer to remember to check out any new art. One thing is for sure, and that is there is far too many domain names for anyone to find one website, and too many things can end up in a search that has nothing to do with what you are looking for.
If you do it right and stay active with a lot of people looking for you, then you will get closer to the top of the search list without paying for it, but what they look for need to be unique and popular.

If you get attention then make sure you are good enough for people to think you are great or it can work in reverse, and not work at all can be a good thing sometimes.
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, thanks for the info!
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thefoxx2003 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
get both esplore my child!
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:iconimperialkit:
ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmmm
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thefoxx2003 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm indeed
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weremole Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017   Digital Artist
They are two entirely different things. Use both.
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:iconimperialkit:
ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Considering.
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NebulaDreams Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Student Writer
In my experience, Tumblr is only useful if you know how to get your stuff reblogged. Usually, that means submitting something that's popular on that site and/or messaging it to a fan blog to see if they'll reblog it. Aside from that, your stuff is going to get lost in the void if it isn't the cream of the crop. Oh, and watch out for the porn bots.

Deviantart is much more useful for my needs since I'm able to post my submissions to forums, groups and chat rooms. Plus, no porn bots.
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Vampian Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Plus, no porn bots."
Well I mean, we did have an outbreak of those about a week ago. 0:
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NebulaDreams Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Student Writer
Well, virtually no porn bots anyway compared to Tumblr.
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ImperialKit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard of the porn bots but never know they were that bad...So what I take from this is that unless your art is liked by the community then it's hard for you to get recognized..hmm well thanks for the insight!
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