i completely understand the frustration. i can't count how many times i busted my ass on a piece forever, watched dozens of likes come in, and only one or two shares. it sucks and i wish more eyes were landing on the thing i worked on. but that doesn't make everyone who like that piece an asshole
there are all sorts of ways people treat artists online that are toxic and shitty. reposting your art so they can get their own likes/reblogs without your permission, editing out signatures or reposting stuff without permission, there's a lot of bullshit out there
this isn't that. this is someone cultivating their own personal online space the way they choose. telling someone they're being a Bad Fan for not putting your art on there the way you want makes you look petulant.
this isn't a specific callout, this isn't intended as a dogwhistle for anyone specific or even as some "these damned kids" thing. it's just a behavior i keep seeing from people that's finally getting frustrating enough to make me get all pissy about it on my social network with the least amount of followers
@qwilman I think of tumblr as a space heavily geared towards fan art. Which I like, but don't make. So I don't really get upset if people like my stuff without reblogging it.
I would make fan art if I had the energy to actually follow a fandom for more than half an hour. 😁
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