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Sorry to bother you...

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 11:23 AM
Hello all,
I thought I'd take a moment today to write a journal which is probably long overdue.  I believe there is a common misconception floating around that CVs are so busy, that when you send us DD Suggestions, or other messages, you are being a bother.  

Quite regularly the DD Suggestions I receive start with something along the lines of "I am sorry to bother you..." or "I know you are busy but.." 
I'd like to assure you all that no suggestions you send, or any other type of contact made with me (or any other CV for that matter) is something to feel sorry or bad about (unless you are legitimately harassing us or something).  

I've often heard community members talk about how many notes CVs get daily (often this number appears to be near 100) and I feel the need to say that this is very far from the truth.  On average I receive maybe 5 notes a day.  On a slow day I may not get any at all and on a busy day I may get up to 10.  While I can not speak for other CVs here, I can assure you that my account has never seen 100 unread notes in a day, ever!  To my knowledge none of the other CVs receive 100's of notes per day either.  

After I've read my notes:

We are here to help support the community, it is what we signed up for after all.  There is no reason that anyone should feel any type of guilt over suggesting a DD, or asking a CV for help or support.  Really, please do reach out to us, we don't have cooties, I promise... well, photofroggy might have cooties, but the good kind, so love on him too!

Feeling guilty? Enjoy this horse!

In all seriousness though, I'd like for people to feel comfortable approaching me and if there is anything I am able to do on my end to help you be more comfortable please let me know.  

Yes, I do have a life outside of dA, and yes, I do a lot of things, but I assure you that you aren't going to take time away from me and my life that I do not have to give.  

Since so many people are taking this as a good opportunity to suggest DDs I thought I'd add these articles to this journal as well :)

Daily Deviation Week I

:bulletpurple:Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation? - Aeirmid
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend - Aeirmid
:bulletpurple:Daily Deviations- So you want to suggest DDs - alexandrasalas
:bulletpink:Why did an icon get a DD? - Hardrockangel
:bulletpurple:Tolerance Towards Daily Deviations - Talty
:bulletpink:DDs: When it's not always positive - Aeirmid  Astralseed
:bulletpurple:A DD is not an award but an art feature - Hardrockangel
:bulletpink:Interview with DD suggester Minato-Kushina - Astralseed
:bulletpurple:Interview with multiple DD recipient AwsumZ - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work - Beccalicious
:bulletpurple:Note to Daily Deviation - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Daily Deviations: What if...? - 3wyl

Daily Deviation Week II

:bulletpink:General Photography - What we do and don't DD - Kaz-D
:bulletpurple:DD Suggestion Groups - 3wyl
:bulletpink:PE: Self Suggesting Daily Deviations - alexandrasalas & Astralseed
:bulletpurple:'Why is this a DD?' Why are you asking the artist? - neurotype
:bulletpink:Complaints about quality declines in DDs - KovoWolf
:bulletpurple:Are DDs about the art or the artist? - neurotype
:bulletpink:Why I would/wouldn't give an 8th DD or a DD to a piece with 1200 faves - Lyricanna, RockstarVanity, pullingcandy
:bulletpurple:Know what your CVs can feature - Astralseed
:bulletpink:Suggesting DDs should be about quality rather than quantity - Astralseed
:bulletpurple:Daily Deviations and descriptions - rydi1689

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Aryiea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Operia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unicorn pissing rainbows
I approve
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
YES! :#1:
CameronKobe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Eye-opening post.  Thanks for sharing!
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
MissDudette Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lucain24 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a good journal, but sometimes I go by days and not even get a response back. I've gotten to a point where I just stop suggesting altogether. :c Not to you, but other CVs. 
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Only some CVs reply to the DD Suggestions they get.  You can see if the note has been read by going into your notes > sent notes and then if the note is still yellow on the side it hasn't been looked at yet, but if it's grey it has been viewed :)

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