I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Mostly started paying attention to this last year but its still going strong.
When I go read the comments on my comic pages DA tends to give me a lot of "more like this" suggestions, and more often than not I find something I've not seen before.
And this is beyond RAD. Like absolutely utterly fantastic!! I can't believe how far we've gotten since the early days of animexpansion and shit! I remember when I started seriously doing belly related art here on DA and the amount of content recently has exploded drastically. My main motivation for starting up Breakfast With Sister back in the day was the fact that there was nothing else to read. There weren't any sequences or comics around that focused on the emotional and social aspects of weight gain which have always been the most important part about it for me. So I started doing my own, and I'm immensely overjoyed about the fact that I've been able to inspire other people to do the same. (And of course there are people doing this without having even heard of my awkward attempts at storytelling but nevertheless there are more comics around.)
And now I can actually spend hours browsing through WG art and going from one artist's page to another, and stumbling on fantastic pictures I've never seen before. The level of skill involved has overall improved a ton and I love to see how people are actually pushing for more quality and supporting artists who strive to make more than 3/4 standing fat of she. And we seem to be constantly getting new blood to join the community, there are some serious hidden gems around that are just waiting to be discovered! Not to mention I keep running into new artists who do stuff that is exactly what I've always wanted to see. My favorite body shape (skinny with a potbelly) has never been more popular and I'm overjoyed at the fact!
WAY TOO OFTEN do I see negative journals about people complaining how the wg community is toxic and doesn't encourage growth etcetc. but I believe it is solely because people are given what they want, not what they need
. There is actually a very high demand for quality here, but sometimes it is not as simple as looking at the statistics of your favourites. My most commented BWS pages are the ones that have something to do with the plot, and those are the ones that generate the most discussion. Not to say I don't love doing belly groping or that you shouldn't, but that its not always as black and white as most people seem to think.
Of course, I know I'm quite privileged in this community but I can still tell how things used to be before and how much we've improved as a whole. I'm incredibly thankful for all of you for sticking with us and giving me this opportunity to practice my art and share it with you, and even get monetary compensation in return.
Please, next time you think how horrible everything here is, stop for a moment to appreciate the good. We've come a long way, and I'm so glad to have been a part of it.
Kip out! (pls bully the kip)
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