I keep stopping by DeviantArt to see what's changed, or submit a new piece for....well, I don't know what for, anymore. Like me? Buy my stuff? Startup a geeky discussion? I met some of my best friends on DeviantArt, so I have some attachment to the place, but I feel like I'm just counting "favorites". There's no discussion, just a handful of things to tell me that someone saw my stuff today and maybe they thought it was worth a gold star. Nobody's paying me to do it, so there's some kind of validation in having my work liked. But I'm trying to become better and worthy of payment as well, and there isn't really any criticism here or offers of work. I'm as guilty as anyone--I add the occasional work to my "favorites" because I like to think that a little thumbs up from me is a good feeling to the artist, but even in looking at my own work, it's feeling more and more empty to get a favorite if I never know why. You like the subject? You like the line work? The colors? You're a comic book fan? Or maybe you're just mass-favoriting every picture of cats...I don't know.
I've got to stop favoriting things, and offering more commentary. Favorites don't help anyone, and they don't feel good after a while. External validation like that feels great at first, but it's very superficial before too long.