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Getting the Most out of dA: Groups

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 1:56 PM
Groups are a platform on deviantART which allow you to share your art - what it is primarily used for. Immediately, once your art is accepted into the Gallery, your art is sent to the message centres of many members of that particular group, gaining you instant and wider exposure. However, to really enhance your deviantART experience, and to get the most out of deviantART, Groups shouldn't, and aren't, simply used for that.

There are many roles you can play within a group. By taking up a role, you immediately get more out of deviantART than if you had not done so.

Let's start with being a...

          Member

Not only do you get the chance to submit your art to the group, as a Member, you also :+devwatch: the many happenings within the group too. This means you can read about the immediate happenings as soon as they are launched through the group, such as contests, projects and more in between. As a member, seizing these opportunities thrusts you into the spirit of the community. You get more out of deviantART by participating in the community, regardless of whether you win anything or not at the end of the day. Events like contests and projects have their own benefits (which will be mentioned later on in this week), but alongside those, there may be additional happenings like interviews, features, and more that you can take part in. All of these can help you if you choose to grasp it. As a member of a group, you come across members of deviantART that share the same interests as you, immediately breaking down a barrier for you to reach across and experience new things, be it friendships or art.

          Contributor

A Contributor is just like a member with additional duties to the group. They play a significant role in the running of a group from the variety of ways they can contribute to the group as part of the admin team. As stated in my article yesterday, we get what we put in. By giving our time, effort and more to the group, or just the community in general, we also receive certain rewards for that, and we get something back that isn't necessarily tangible in any shape or form. Nevertheless, we do our bit for the group as a contributor and contribute in a way that is helpful. It is an act of kindness that is sometimes rare and few in between. Everyone needs support, and groups are no different. Members support the group plenty, but contributors support the inner workings of a group from the backstage, something that is vital and should never be taken for granted. It's difficult to find members willing to become good contributors for a group. If you have free time, why not consider being a contributor yourself?

          Founder

Skipping the co-founder position (as that is very similar to a contributor), the Founder is someone that has created the group, and/or runs it. I can't possibly explain all the reasons why people decide to be founders, or even contributors, but when you are a founder of a successful group, or a founder of a group you have great faith in, it is both an incredible feeling and a truly rewarding experience too. You learn a lot about yourself, about others, and your strengths and weaknesses. The many situations you enter in can really deepen your sense of self, who and what you are, and can broaden your mind in so many different ways. There is nothing like creating something from scratch and watching it grow as not only your own creation, but others too. Every single member of your group contributes to the growth of the group, and if you really think about it, it's an amazing feat, bringing everyone together under a common interest, or purpose, and striving for a common goal together.

Not only do you come across some awesome people when you are in a group, your knowledge and your experience also increase, aiding you both online and offline when the situation rises.


          Discussion

As a short activity, lets get those thoughts whirring and opinions coming with these questions! Please don't hesitate to answer any or all of them in a reply to this article.

  • What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?
  • What is your favourite role and why?
  • What do you like best about your favourite groups?

...and lastly, don't forget to ask yourself, what do you get out of being part of a group?


Thank you all for reading!

3wyl, posting on behalf of the "Getting the most out of dA" PE Team; 3wyl | Astralseed | namenotrequired

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Sserenita Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
  • What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?

  • Im the founder of my own group The-Feature-Showcase where I feature everything from art and literature to good causes and community projects. I enjoy helping the community whenever possible and I like the feeling of knowing that I made a difference for someone, even on a smal scale. I also act as co-founder and supervisor for several other groups.

  • What is your favourite role and why?

  • I love being a supervisor at dAWishingWell! I enjoy making feature blogs every week and the job keeps me busy all the time, which I love! The staff is very enthusiastic and hardworking and there is never a lull like there is in some groups. I feel the same way about working at deviantHEART. There are always things to do...blogs, features, contests...etc. 

  • What do you like best about your favourite groups?

The great people I have met is a major plus! In the community groups espescially, it is nice to know people who uphold a positive attitude and who care about improving life here at DA. It seems lately that there is a lot of negativity in the air, and it is nice to be able to be part of the solution instead of just complaining about the problems.
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Sserenita Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not sure how those extra bullet points got inserted in there...sorry! :D
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KrisColey86 Feb 14, 2013
I'm just a member of the few groups I am in, whether it is to expose my own work and get involved with the group, or just to expose myself to other artists. I would like to contribute more to a group but I have a very busy lifestyle, and cannot devote dedicated time to such at this point in my life. My priorities right now are school, and work, and if I'm lucky I get a little free time every once in awhile to put in to photography. Maybe after college and if life ever calms down a bit. But for now being a member has been really rewarding.
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Riemea Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:

:bulletblue: I'm most active in #ProjectComment as a Project Manager ;) I just love the group, what it does and aims to achieve. :heart:

:bulletblue: Just being an admin in any group, no matter in what "position". It's great to be involved in any way I can, and help that group with my contribution :)

:bulletblue: My favourite groups are community oriented groups like #dAWishingWell or #Good-Intention. I love how active everyone there is, and how it really can make a difference to people.
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CindyAA Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm a co-founder of the group: :iconlegendsofazeroth: that my boyfriend and I created. It's pretty fun to gather so many talented artists in a unique place, we are very proud of ourselves putting great art in there. The group still has a few members and watchers, but we think it will be a great group one day ^-^
great article!
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raquelvonkaminaru Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What role(s) do you play in the groups you are most active in, and why?

I'm a Founder of one group. I always wanted to be a part of a different group, that would consider each and every single member as an individual, rather than just a person who throws images.

What is your favourite role and why?

Being a Founder is my favourite role. I get the chance to learn a lot from the others (members, contributors, moderators). In the group we have a close relation with eachothers and I am damn proud of it.

What do you like best about your favourite groups?

I don't belong to many groups... I started to think that while I do like exposure, I fit better on the other side. I like to give feedback and receive feedback. What is the best way to do that? By being active inside your own group.
Actually I am considering leaving some groups and stay only with a couple.

:)
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:iconaegiandyad:
I belong to too many groups to give all of them the attention they deserve. My motive in joining was mainly selfish, a desire to get some of my art seen more widely. It does work if you choose groups wisely and submit the best and most appropriate art you can.
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3wyl Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think many can relate with you there.. it's nothing 'bad', as such. :nod:

Definitely!

The point is to find those groups, I guess. :D
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:iconkeyan3d:
Such honesty, kudos. I've also been the same way recently... :|
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NeonBlonde1138 Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I pretty much just submit my stuff to groups because no one sees it otherwise.
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