All great points anon. I think it’s hard when people can’t see the value in their own work and therefore add in the comments, such as this is shit, It’s not that good, why did I bother posting this…(fill in the blank). It’s could be about their own insecurity in their work, or whatever/however they feel about it, or how they see it. It’s no less valid but it’s… hard to see all the time.
The hard part about it is when you see people who are talented, who do things in moments that would take others days, weeks or months to master discounting it as nothing.
That’s the part that really slaps you in the face when you are struggling with your art, your words, any kind of creative endeavor. For me, it’s seeing someone who has a way with words deprecate their fics, calling them crap or saying it’s something I just pitched together in a few minutes…especially on a day when I’m struggling to find words, to speak in that characters voice and to see them discount such great work makes me feel like I shouldn’t bother.
After all, if that’s what they think is crap, then why should I even try?
The really hard part? It’s not intentional (I’m giving people the benefit of the doubt, that they aren’t out to make other people feel like shit about their art or fic, but if I’m wrong, I’m wrong and I’ll accept that).
It’s not done to push others out of fandom, or get all the attention for their art or fic. A piece can only garner the attention that it’s given. True some people get 100, 200 + notes on their name alone. It’s not fair, and it can hurt to see the same people always getting all the reblogs, always getting all the kudos.
I admit it, I get those pangs of jealousy at times. For as much as I talk about not doing this for recognition or feels or kudos/love… just once in a while it would be cool to be the popular kid ya know? I’m human, I fail just like anyone else.
All of that rambling was to say… all of us, give ourselves a break. Stop putting ourselves down for two very good reasons.
One, (THIS APPLIES TO THE COLLECTIVE YOU) your art, your fic, your presence in fandom (any fandom) is welcome. You should never feel like you can’t contribute because someone else may have done something you were also working on, or that because they are a well know fan aka BNF that you can’t also post your art or fic that has the same pairing or idea, or whatever. That’s just it, it’s yours and your style will be yours and no one else’s.No one owns any fandom or any parts thereof. We all have a part to play be it a reader, writer, artist, beta, fan…
Two, because intentionally or not you could contribute to someone else putting down their stylus for good. Or seeing someone who can really whip words into shape put themselves down again, and again could kill your desire to write, to shape alternate worlds with the existing characters we’ve been given.
So just some food for thought the next time you find yourself decrying your own art, or your own fics.
No, before anyone even says it, I am not trying to police anyone’s feelings or what they post, I’m just asking you to think about what you say and how it can affect other people, that’s all.
I suppose some people also do it out of an attempt at modesty - that feeling of “Okay, I think this is great, one of my nicest things yet, but, GUH, I don’t want to seem full of myself!” So instead of just posting it with little or minimal comment, they put down their own work.
And some times it’s an acknowledgement that, “Okay, I know this piece isn’t perfect. Such-and-such part of it is a red-hot mess”, but then if you don’t also acknowledge that some or all of the rest of it is work you’re happy with, it sounds like you’re only ever putting down your ability. It’s like doing concrit, you should always make a positive-negative-positive statement sandwich, so people can see you have a balanced opinion of the work in question. “I think I nailed the pose for this (yay using reference!) but the face is really odd - something went wrong with the eyes, and after three tries I’ve given up on fixing them. The shading on it turned out very well though, and I think I improved at doing hair.”
I agree with pretty much everything anon, cypher, and msbarrows have said above.
If anyone’s first reaction is “it’s my blog, I can say what I want” … well, yes, you can. But you can’t control how other people react to what you’re saying.
(Even more babble below.)
Reblogging again for very much excellent commentary, including things I have tried to say clumsily before, but expressed so much better. Basically: I agree.