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How to create a successful Group

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 5:57 AM

My beautiful friends :blowkiss:

I hope everybody is doing fine and enjoying  their summer :dalove:


Today, I want to talk about Groups. I’m a member  of so many groups and I always encourage my friends to join as many groups as they can, a group is always a great place to meet new artists and let everybody know what you do.


But, I’m sure that you guys notice every now and then that there is a group that is not active or it has been around for a long time and it has so few members, or a group that doesn’t respond to their members and so many other problems.  There are so many groups people create them just for the sake of creating a group and they leave them just like that, with no activity at all.


How to create a successful group

:iconflowerhdplz: Commitment: Before you start thinking about creating a group, you should ask yourself, are you ready for it, do you have the time for it, are you ready to commit to it and put some effort into it.


:iconflowerhdplz: How to choose your staff:  You should choose your co-founder and your contributors carefully, they  better be your friends, people with whom  you share the same interests and the same art form, lets say you want to create a group for Literature, your staff should be writers, people who know something about Literature. Also you should be clear with them, ask them if they are willing to put some time and effort into the group.


:iconflowerhdplz: Coordination:  You and your staff should have a very good coordination and a stable contact point.  Emails or notes or even a chat-room just for you guys so you can discuss all matters of your group. The staff of a group should be on the same page, always updated. If you are not able to reach your staff, you will have problems. In so many groups, the co-founder tells you something and the founder tells you another thing, this makes your memebrs question the group.


:iconflowerhdplz: Presentation:  Before you start inviting members to your group, work first on the presentation of the group. That is; the right icon, try to get your group a very nice icon, and an intersting tag line, that speaks to everybody who would want to join.


:iconflowerhdplz: The group’s Gallery:  You know what is your group about and what kind of art people should submit, so now you need to create the right folders, lets say your group is about Literature in general( This example is easier to explain :paranoid:) You need to creat folders for all genres of poetry and all genres of prose, or if your Group is about photgraphy, create forlder for all kind of photography, so everybody can submit their art.


:iconflowerhdplz: Rules:  Every group should have rules, honestly, a group with no rules is just a big mess. Feature your rules in the front page of the group, don’t post links to your rules on some other page, most of people don’t bother to go check them. Your rules should always be in the front for every new member to see, also write them in bold please.


:iconflowerhdplz: Invitations: Now that your group is looking nice, start inviting members:la: You need to start with your watchers first, they are the ones that would love to support your project and you may even ask them to promote your group and that will help you get more members.  Who do you invite next and how I  will tell you how.

Again, lets say your group is for photography, what I will do is, I will brows photography, you better browse the newest deviations. Then I start  looking at photos, visiting the artist’s page, well he does good photos, invite him.  If you just invite 20 people every day  that would be amazing. After all a group is awesome with more members.

The invitation itself:   Some people come and ask you to join their groups in a very straight forward way as if they order you. Be polite, ınvite people in a very polite way “  Hey there :wave: I have checked your gallery, you are doing really good work and I would love if you join my group. Have a nice day :dalove: “ Who wouldn’t join you if you talk like this.


:iconflowerhdplz: Affiliations:  Try to affiliate with as many other groups as you can, groups that have the same stream as you, whne you affliate with groups you give your group more exposure and more people will know about it. Also, whne you send an affiliation reauest, be polite and insert a small note that says” we would love to affiliate with you guys” or anything else like that.


:iconflowerhdplz: Activity:  Now you have members and they are submiting their work and everything looks good. This should never let you relax and let the group be, you need to be active, try to interact with your members, through journals and posts, ask them if they need something, if they have suggestions. Take their sugestion into consideration.  Answer their notes and comments.


:iconflowerhdplz: Group Contest:  This is always an event that makes members love their group more and get them to know eachother, a group contest always creates a very beautiful atmosphere in the group.  Even if you don’t have much prizes, just every now and then announce a contest, everybody will be willing to donate prizes and help you. There are groups that do contests that only have features as prizes and everybody is happy about it.

 :iconflowerhdplz: Always ask for help:  A group is not easy to manage especially at the start don’t be shy and ask for help, either from your friends and watchers, from other groups.


I hope this will be helpful for your guys, for evertyone who is thinking about starting a group. Please :+fav: This journal so more people can read .


And as so many of you know I can’t do a journal without featuring poems :O_o:This is this week’s feature. Beautiful poems. Please suppoort the poet :+fav::+devwatch:


Love you all :dalove:


Perfect PointsSlipping your shoes from
those rainbow-striped socks, you have
entered a cold place
within me, warming it with
the glide of your soft-sheathed feet.
MusingI'm too young to spend my life
running from the thunder,
staring at the kitchen walls wondering
how life would be different
if they weren't the same color.

:thumb317866454: Muse and the MoonCrescent, eerie eyrie,
Fly as you might, and
I will linger in myself.
You and I are both shepherds,
But I of thoughts,
Dark as the womb.
My muse and the moon abides.
Now flows the most beautiful lies;
Shadow actresses, unfettered,
Make imagination their home,
Strike awe and more, to sway
Me and my restless mind.
Listen closely, they are whispering
Secrets to bring us peace.
And above, such beating
Of wings, begging me to join them.
This freedom is malign,
Pecking on the bars for seed
When the cage is unlocked.

cracking and crumblingOne hit
One crack
One hundred hits
One hundred cracks
They all start to add up
Then there will be that one hit
That one hit that will just cause everything to crumble
Your walls collapse
You break down
Start to cry
Start begging for it to stop
All the voices in your head
Let out from the collapse
Start screaming
Drowning out reality
Breaking you down mentally even more
You see the gun
You pick it up
Load the magazine
Put it in your mouth
And pull the trigger
Everything stops
The screaming voices
The Crying
Everything Dark
Everything Silent
100 hits
Turn into one hundred cracks
Then more and more
Remember this
And be careful what you say to people

Shelter in Shadows
I hide in these shadows
The sun burns and blinds
Set this disfigurement in flames
till only ashes remain
The earth reclaims itself from me
A dance with deathThe nothingness washes over you
And the brilliance of The Light fades away.
Her hand, so perfect and delicate,
Smoother and more flawless than a china doll,
Extends to you, inviting you.
The music starts and lost souls hush
As she twirls you across the paranormal plane.
The woes from your past life melt
And the afterlife envelopes you.
She leans in close to you,
Her chin upon your shoulder
Her lips brushing against your ear
And she coos a melodic warning to you.
"Remember, never forget."
The music stops, the world turns dark.
Millions of hands drag you away
Back to your body, back to a true hell.
Gasping in air until your lungs might burst,
Darting awake after such peaceful rest.
Her face blurs from your memory
And you plea for someone to find her.
Someone seems to recall her, but you know better.
"You've never danced with her.
Or you have, and you don't remember.
She's lovely, you'd remember her."
Rest at ease, child.
One day you'll relive the dance.

:thumb317863166: If I CouldIf I could I would climb into the night sky,
I'd take the glimmering stars and bring them to you.
I'd put them under your skin so you'd feel it within,
And you'd slowly start loving yourself too.
If I could I would fly far towards the sunset,
I'd take the bright sun and bring it to you.
I'd put it into your heart so the dark would fall apart,
And you'd feel the warmth breaking through.
If I could I would travel all the way into the sky,
I'd take the pure air and bring it to you.
I'd put it in your mind so you'd be unconfined,
And you'd be completely free and true.
If I could I would journey straight into space,
I'd take the shining moon and bring it to you.
I'd put it in your soul so you could feel whole,
And you'd see your beauty like I always do.

She foundshe found the deepest reaches of my bones
and sucked the marrow out
with words and
leaving me defenseless
A Silent Warrior... Under the moon,
Lighting up the skies,
Weapon drawn,
She moves quickly.
No time for fear,
As enemies come near,
Feed the fire,
Heart raging for more,
They snarl,
With sharp deadly claws,
Almost invisible from the human eye,
From the blackness of night,
Thirsting for blood.
Quick reaction,
Her navy blue eyes glimmer,
Slicing through skin,
Cleanly through,
As she craves to fight on,
Smiling at their fatal demise.
Death filling the air,
She pulls back her weapon,
A few steps back,
Eyes turned back,
A silent call,
As she jumps backward,
A unsettling feeling,
In her mind,
She silently ligures back,
Waiting for the next attack.

Seems not...Seems like the smile of yesterday...
Is now a million miles away...
Seems like the warmth has turned to ice...
And seems like winter's here to stay...
Seems like the time like grains of sand...
Is slipping through our weary hand...
Seems like we're doomed to pay the price...
And seems like we're too poor to pay...
Seems like the game of you and I...
Is clearly ending in a tie...
Seems like the gods have rolled the dice...
And seems like we're not meant to play...
shiverstrains run across her wrist most of the time
they run up her arms
and slip down her spine
they claim finely draw lines,
those tracks on her thighs
and stop
to drop
where the sun shines
planes sore through her stomach,
scrape the frame of her hips
melt her joints and cast whimpers behind her lips
they glide through the shudders in her knee caps
then dip
around her shoulders,
and escape
through her finger tips

The Day We DieWe murder and desecrate our former selves
We adapt to be accepted
Tossing who we were upon the shelves
Refusing to be rejected
We confine ourselves to conformity
Seeking approval of those around
For those different we find pity
And to ourselves we are bound
Never reaching our own standard
Of excellency and success
We wont leave ourselves untampered
We view ourselves as less
Completely losing who we were
In the midst of it all
To others we become a blur
with identities so small
Soon we will be gone
Becoming clones of our fellow man
Our fictitiousness carries on
Forgetting all we can
We are warped and distorted
Our faces washed away
With a mental state so morbid
Believing it's okay
Losing what's unique
Our world no longer beautiful
With desolation so bleak
And emptiness so powerful
A path too many follow
Humanity never strays
In our sameness we wallow
Setting our differences ablaze
Now who are we
But people so broken
Fake is what we see
But these words are never spoken
This is the end to
I broke a mirror to multiplyI broke a mirror to multiply
my smile several times;
To twirl and watch my tiny selves
dance in their confines.
My minions and my audience;
My crowd in Crystalline.
The lines that broke were smooth and clean
like their reflective grins.
For seven years I'll only face
the tiny shards of me.
No broken luck or broken soul;
Just attentive company.

Standing at the Edge of InfinityGazing through the looking glass,
Your perceptions made askew;
Stare off into the abyss,
An enigma awaits you.
Discovering your true self,
Your eyes stare back from below;
Careful, lest you lose yourself
Going down the rabbit hole.
Reality is fickle,
Distorting all that we see;
Expect the unexpected;
Everything will cease to be.
Nature's blind to wealth and class;
Unto dust, thou shalt return;
Sell your soul for mounds of gold,
Watch your sordid empire burn.
Cemetery StrollThe chilly October air sears my skin
As I wander through the winding lane;
Stone, serpentine trails lay on top of coffins,
Dark headstones and obelisks mark the slain;
Whether it be by sickness or untimely murder
All ill-fated bodies rest peacefully.
I continue to amble through death's corridor,
Through the sky, the stars dance so gracefully;
A glint of cold granite stands alone,
There, bathed in a pool of moonlight,
Lies an elegantly decorated headstone
With my name carved in letters bright!
I stood still as a statue, trusting not my eyes,
This dream was predicting my eerie demise.

:thumb316996485: Addicting DarkAn addicting dark
a rolling scream
a light on some
great Tragedy
that makes me want
to feel it all
Bemused with wicked pain
entranced by a spell
not my own
a failing of my kind
a romance of blood and flesh
come alive
In heady wasted breath


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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i made my group like earlier this week i hope this helps me! Thanks! 
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so too
Namine24 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Good advise
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
As far as I can see you do not tell people how to create one
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I thought it was abvious how to create the group but apparently it's not. Lately I dont have the time to be on deviantart that's why I can't always respond
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I understand sorry that was my friend she gets on here on my account cs she forgot her login pass.
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I see, no problem :)
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
VixyGamingWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How to you invite someone with the new system?
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I still didnt get the chance to check the new system.:/
munchchewy0 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My group kinda just sits there... I think it looks great & there's new art coming in alot that I add to it, but thanks for this advice! :)
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankyou very much for this my group is already growing considerably!
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That makes me happy :)
ZombieWolf3ds Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Want to join? :o
It's a species group I made ;v;
BloodscarofBloodclan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Dear Mrs-Freestar-Bul, I would like you to know that this helped me out alot during this but I am not very good with the whole watcher thing
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :) you can improve if you try every now and then :D
BloodscarofBloodclan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I've Improved since I've posted that commet but alas the group I made is still on its way is there a few small tips you could give me?
AshleighStone Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a limit to how many groups you can create(not admin)? Not that I'm planning to create a million right here and there, but I wanna know so I can create my group(s) carefully, lol. =P
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I dont think there is a limit
AshleighStone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thanks! Just wondering. :)
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Do you need Points to make a group tho?
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No you dont :)
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No you do not! :)
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! I love your profile pic too.
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. And thanks c:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh another question? Um where do I put the rules so all can see? I also need a bit of advice on how to ban people if they do something wrong after they get warnings? 

SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You can use a custom box and put it on the front page. Inside the custom box just put all of your rules!

And to ban people you have to go the the admin area then click on manage members. One of the tabs will have banned people on it. When you need to ban someone, just enter their name onto the list!
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks! c: Would you like to take a look at my group? I would really appreciate it!
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my! What a cute theme! I shall join C:

P.S. Don't forget to put the rules in the custom box so that you can update journals and still have the rules up!

Kawaii-In-A-Box See how in my group I have both the rules and the journals posted? 

This way you can always have your rules up while still being able to update the group's journal! C:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Never mind My staff and I already did it c:
Mechanichal-Kitteh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I make it so that people can send me join requests?
whenever I send an invite my friend doesn't get the message and whenever I go on a my PLZ account to test if it works it always says
"sorry, join requests are closed at this time"
plus when my friends try to suggest favorites/art it doesn't let them do THAT either.

How do I fix this?
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure how to fix this problem. But sometimes it's about a bug in the system. You can report this to Deviantart head quarter group hd
Mechanichal-Kitteh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I fixed it
BlackShadic Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Do you think you could help me out a little bit? I'm in a bit of a pickle with this. :X
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What's the problem ? Sorry for the late reply :/
BlackShadic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
I've just been having problems with my group cause I've been inactive that's all. :D
Synergy14 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Hey there Hi! I have checked your gallery, you are doing really good work and I would love if you join my group. Have a nice day I love deviantART!…
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. Why not :)
ImYourAmimeCAKE Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just asking, I can't seem to invite any deviant. I went to "Manage Members" and tried to invite there as well but I saw something. It says, "Invitations are not available, You are not permitted to invite ---". How can I invite then?
Butterscotch-Scythe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Where exactly are you supposed to find your group on the page? I made a group yesterday and I don't know where it is XD 
Kaattiieee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was helpful but I am trying to find how to actually set up yiour group. I have one but what settings do I put on and stuff. My members can't submit art into my folders! Why!?!
Shadyshadowcat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Check in the manage members in the admin area, and I think it's beside the founders, read through those things, and yeah. (I am not good at explaining ^^;)
Kaattiieee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured it out now. BUT THANKS ANYWAYZ! c: :heart: 
Shadyshadowcat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NP! ^^
Kaattiieee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
c: ^^
firestar9 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i have two groups and i make sure im there and on ready for questions and stuff but most of my members are..always inactive and i feel bad if i kick em out cause of it..
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dont kick them out. Just invite more people, not everybody will be active, thats just the way it is
firestar9 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I didnt i am doing my best to make sure my froup has stuff to make it active
xAquaa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait how did you make two groups? I have made one and I want to make another one but the "create a group" button has disappeared
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