I once reblogged a piece of art by a well-known fan artist, something that had tens of thousands of notes on it, and, sick with envy, said that I wished she would just stop. She reblogged it and said, “You know I can see all the comments people make to my art, right? Even if you delete it later.” And even though it should have been really, stupidly obvious, it was kind of a revelation when she said it, and I was mortified and ashamed.
When you make a comment on someone’s work, they will see that. Every single one. Think about what you say before you say it. Is this something you really want to say? Is this something you would say to the OP’s face? Is this something you want them to associate you with for the rest of your online career? Is this something that will make you look like a fuckin’ jerk, and if so, are you okay with that? (If you are okay with lookin’ like a fuckin’ jerk, what’s the matter with you?)
So just think about the stuff you say, carefully, before you say it. Take a second to picture the person who’s going to read that comment. You don’t have to be some namby-pamby Polyanna, just be courteous and compassionate.
I hit a big huge milestone today and I’m like… wow. I just want to take a moment to thank you guys, all of you. I’m really glad that anyone likes my silly drawings, and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you guys. Just wow, you’re all so great. I love reading your reblogs, I love reading your tags, I love reading your replies and messages, even though sometimes I’m a little scatterbrained and don’t respond (so sorry). But I appreciate every one of those things so much.