I spend so much time making art and fanworks and I just -- I get 3 likes and no reblogs. I work so hard, and practice, and think so hard about what I'm going to make. But no one cares. I feel so discouraged and sad. Its been so amazing to watch the two of you grow and gain all the recognition you both deserve. How did you deal with this feeling?
One of the hardest lessons of posting art online was learning to not let the attention (or lack thereof) get to us. It can be really difficult when you put a lot of time an energy into a piece that gets crickets (we’ve been there) and then something you didn’t put a lot of thought or care into gets a ton. There’s really no way to tell what will and will not resonate with other people.
What we’ve come to learn is that, while seeing others enjoy what we create is nice, ultimately we need to satisfy ourselves first. I know that this can be hard, especially in an online environment where thoughts and communication are shared quickly and easily, but keeping ourselves happy with the content we created helped when we got discouraged. It still existed, it still mattered, even if it was only to ourselves.
It’s okay to be feeling discouraged and sad. There’s nothing wrong with that. Those emotions are honest and valid, and god knows we’ve have a history with feeling inadequate with our art. What’s important is to acknowledge those feelings and not let them stop you from doing something you enjoy.
As long as you’re happy with it, others will follow. It may take time (it certainly did for us), but that’s okay. I know that feel that lack of recognition can be trying, but it shouldn’t stop you from creating. I think fanwork is an act of love that the creator has with the source material, and eventually you will see other people share that love with your creations.