While planing for Daily Deviations PE week many in the community asked for interviews from deviants who had received DDs with varying experiences before. AwsumZ has received a handful of DDs between his current account as well as his previous account, as such we felt he has went through a range of experiences with DDs as a recipient.
What was it like when you received your first DD?
Exciting, but also a slight shame because I was a CV (or GD, then) at the time and I saw that it was coming so it wasn't as much as a surprise as I'd have liked it to be lol. It was fun though, a happy magical feeling
Have all of your experiences when receiving a DD been the same?
Hmm, not really. Some have been good and some have been fairly negative
What do DDs mean to you?
They're pretty awesome. Being featured is great, it really helps get some exposure and feedback, etc. but it's always important for people to remember that it is just a feature, not a magical shiny award or anything lol
Would you have ever wished not to have gotten a DD on a certain piece?
Yes, 2 of them, but out of respect for the CV who featured, I would prefer not to say which pieces they are.
How come would you have rather not gotten the DD on them?
Hmm... how come, well there were 2 different pieces, one wasn't even finished and was personal and the wider majority of people didn't 'get' it because they didn't know me, so I'd have preferred it was at least finished if featured at all, and the other I didn't think was particularly good and apparently a lot of others felt the same, and I didn't like the idea that people would see that and think that was all I could do, ya know? coz if people see something in the DDs that they love, they'll check the rest of the gallery, but if they see something they don't think is very good, they'll trash it and then move on lol
What were the more positive experiences you've had when receiving a DD?
Getting a lot of new watchers, loads of feedback and critique, making new friends with similar interests... Feedback is the most important one for me though
What were some of the negative experiences you've had when receiving a DD?
Um, well, some people don't seem to have any manners Essentially, I've found that people are happy to give feedback normally, but if its on a DD, some people seem to forget that you're still a person and they get a little... uncouth generally though, once you talk to them like a person they remember that you're one too and everything is cool
Would you like to receive more DDs in the future?
If I manage to come up with something amazing then it would be great to have it featured, but personally I definitely wouldn't feature anything I currently have in my gallery lol