1% of people create content, 9% edit or modify that content, and 90% view the content without contributing.
I was browsing around a few days ago and stumbled on some article talking about that. It made creators out to by a kind of minority compared to all of the people that view their content. It made me wonder a lot about the furry community and some of my past reasons for getting disappointed.
Way back in college, when I was taking art classes, I was always among other people that did creative things. Not drawing as a hobby or not being able to draw was a minority thing. And it was really nice XD Nobody had this 'king of the hill' attitude going on. Everybody was willing/able to talk about this or that painting or discuss techniques. Of course I'm putting rosy glasses on my past here lol. It wasn't all fun and games. I had plenty of bad days and no inspiration times, or just generally being pissed off.
I can't really help but still see not making art "ever" in one's life as extremely weird and a scary thing. Having art block is enough to convince me of what a hell it is. I also do some rather ridiculous things. Putting up something (a picture, a journal) and waiting for comments, then getting disappointed at the lack of interest or whatever. Waiting for a "yes this is okay, please more" or a "yes this is interesting, let's discuss this". Well, that's a recipe for disappointment usually. The expectation is what does it - not the reality.
So, thinking about this 1% rule...as an artist...with those 'myths' floating around it. Such as being slightly crazy, or mad, or pissed off all the time, imbalanced, depressed, schizo, wild, imaginative, dreamy, childish, immature, cryptic, silly -- starts to make a weird kind of sense. In order to get out of the slime that is "mundane" or common - what the norm is - you have to be kind of mad. Willing to do things that nobody will like. Things that nobody would think about. Things that people would not touch with a 10 foot pole. Stuff that's way out there. Think about waiting for somebody that doesn't even have your imagination and sensibilities to push you or give you motivation right after you've finished posting a finished picture. Motivation to do what? LOL! Make art? Yeah right! That's not where it comes from.
The one thing I see over and over in this fandom is this battle of the wills thing. "You should draw this!" "Ewww..that's gross" "Why don't you have him doing this with my character". Everybody's always trying to get a slice of that pie :) It's pretty funny when you can stand back and look at it. It's that 1% thing rearing it's head again. On one hand I can understand why they would want that thing, but on the other I have 0 desire to work on that thing and instead have a jillion interesting ideas inside my noggin. The amount of "i want" is pretty staggering here in the furry community. Giving one's self away to that flood to spend hours and hours and hours to crank out every desire that everybody has..well...hello burn out!
The way I'm seeing it now, is that the artist has to be the one that pushes back, not the other way around. And in order to do that, you gotta use that internal compass, a lot of stubborn, lots of play, and swimming in the sea of whatever it is that nourishes you. Being a minority and able to create is better than being a majority and begging other people to paint your dreams. It's quiet, but the view is spectacular.