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I hate writing journals like the one, but it's necessary to stop myself repeating comments all over the place. (Also writing this on my iPhone so bear with me!)

Joining a community is part of getting a sense of identity. You want to belong and be defined by the community you associate yourself with (even if you pretend you don't). You want to have a voice in the community and a sense of control too. When that doesn't go your way, sometimes the community you want to feel part of becomes jaded. You question it and wonder why you bother- why you even care? 

There's been a few posts of late, some comments and grumbles of unhappiness in the literature community. As a CV, I feel very accountable for that. I've felt those frustrations too- and I think about what needs to be done to unravel those frustration, is maybe think about our own behaviours and motivations. Why are we doing what we actively think is the thing we need to do? Can you realistically change things? Do you have to re-invent the wheel to "make a difference"?

Accountability is a bit of a business buzz word, but it's one that I use frequently because of the sense of ownership it comes with. In my opinion, every individual is accountable for their experience on here and if things are not working, stop blaming others! We're all vastly different, over opinionated, sometimes hypersensitive artists who come from all different backgrounds, education, religions and cultures- not everything works in one neat ring fence- this is why 'community' is such a broad term.

However, it's what holds is together that makes the community- the common love we all feel passionate about in some form- that's Art. That's why you joined dA in the first place and that's why you haven't left.

And it's the small things that glue is together. It's comments, critique, chats, feedback, participation- getting "involved" to whatever level you feel necessary. Its not always about grand gestures or projects- worryingly it feels people seem to think it is. I think I have said these things before, they never change. 

DeviantART is your experience how you make it. spyed and his devious team can build the vessels, but we create the art.

Funny Dinosaur Meme by Beccalicious

So we're getting close to christmas and all the holiday joy that even if you celebrate another winter festival can get a sense of warm fuzzy from- instead of grumpling about what isn't working (though feel free to ramble like I just did)- answer me this... what do you LOVE you the community? I don't just mean the literature community, but what gives you that sense of belonging on dA? 





Bit of a ramble on community.
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thetaoofchaos Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
To me, community is essentially nothing more than a feeling of belonging to a group. I struggle with this feeling as much as anyone.  But I have always felt it was my responsibility to address any issue with my own state of mind. If people are actually complaining that they don't see external evidence of community among the literature deviants, then I would say they haven't looked in the right places yet.  In my estimation, there is more lit community involvement going on now than I have ever experienced in my close to 7 years on the site.  It's just like anything: you get out what you put in.  Waiting around for someone to scoop you up and whisk you away into the arms of like minded friends is not a viable strategy for joining the community.  I can say this from experience. 

What first gave me a sense of belonging to any sort of lit community was when I discovered :icondailylitdeviations: years ago, back before there were dA groups. I saw the selfless act of featuring writers and folding them and readers under this umbrella of sharing and support as evidence of a thriving community.  And that's what inspired meto give back to said community. 
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herebewonder Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone new to dA and extremely new to the Lit corners of dA, this little post helped me feel a little better about how overwhelmed I was feeling.

dA is...not the easiest place to get your head around. I'm still trying to figure out how to get involved, how to join, and what some of the little pretty buttons do.

I may not know what the heck I"m doing still, but I feel a little less anxious about it.

Thx!

-c
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DAnnsCreations Dec 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank-you Becca! :squee:  :iconlovepurpleplz:  :squee:  This is the place I come when my World is just too intense to deal with, you are my therapy, so to speak, and honestly, I love each and every person I've met here!  Don't care where you are from or if you are a dreaded Republican :rofl::rofl::rofl:  but that you love your Art as much as I love art!  I never really noticed the grumbles, but if they are there, well ... for me ... this is home, where my Family lives even with the grumblez! :blowkiss: So Thank-you Becca for expressing your love for our Community!  :icongivemesmilesplz: :love: :iconlovehug:

Blessings of Love to you all!  :D
Pegs
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Thunderstatement Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well put. I always felt much the same way.
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Beccalicious Dec 17, 2013  Professional Writer
:nod: Felt is a bit ranty, but there's been an arising of posts about the "community" in literature of late- positive and negative and I wanted to put my point out there!
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Thunderstatement Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta air your real thoughts and feelings and emotions sometimes, nothing wrong with that. :D
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
`LiliWrites gives me that sense of belonging. She's awesome.
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LiliWrites Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Redbull glomp D'awww. You're much too sweet. :heart: 
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Beccalicious Dec 17, 2013  Professional Writer
That she is!  :D
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You (the t-rex) can't blame the t-rex (itself) for something it biologically can't do. Then it can blame others. Or there will be so many 'Help With Life' threads about that or Complaints threads. I wanted to go "lol @ the t-rex, seen it before" but then felt sad for it. It's like how one sometimes laughs at others falling/slipping down on the road but then they go "oof..are you alright? Here let me help"

Blaming oneself also doesn't cut it always. And other times it works wonders. That middle ground has to be reached.

The show Community describes dA's community.
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