Long wall of ramblings incoming.
So I've been here for a couple days now with basically no prior opinion or knowledge of the website. I vaguely remember it for its flash games back in the year dot.
I didn't really get many warnings or recommendations beforehand. Someone just mentioned "hey there's Newgrounds" when I told them about my tumblr dilemma. I basically came here with no expectations or fears.
In the few days of my stay so far, I looked a bit into the forums and into the art portal. I would say Newgrounds is very different from tumblr, and that didn't surprise me. The mentality seems to be fundamentally different. I know tumblr at its worst, so I don't expect only sunshine and butterflies anywhere else, but the NG community seems to be more ... cynical?
I can understand some NG users when they aren't thrilled about the sudden mass exodus of tumblr nsfw artists. It's probably like getting your door kicked in by a hurricane of dicks and boobs at 5am. But I'm glad that most NG users seem to be very accepting of us, nevertheless. I know that I would be wary in their place. I don't know if the portals always looked like that, but they're definitely getting flooded with nsfw content of all levels of quality now. There's definitely not only wholesome stuff, and I don't doubt that some of the worst people of tumblr have ended up here.
It feels to me like I'm not entirely welcome, for whatever reason - maybe my art style, maybe the topic of my art, maybe just general wariness? I don't expect only praise and love, but I've gotten some bad ratings on my pieces that kinda unsettled me. Or is it normal to get bad ratings here, with no apparent system or criteria?
In any case... Maybe I'm just being a hypocrite, but I don't really feel like I'm the "typical" tumblr refugee. I'm not only here to post porn that is socially unacceptable everywhere else - in fact the majority of my art is sfw (even if it doesn't look like it at first glance). Not sure what I'm trying to get at here. I guess I just think too much about things.
At least I have not yet been the victim of a huge circlejerk of hate here yet, which is something I can't say about tumblr. Even if my blog should survive the purge, I feel like tumblr is no longer my home. I really want to give NG a chance to become my new home of sorts. Please give me this opportunity.
That's all for now, I think.