I've left deviantart. I sell my photos and art live in fort myers now. I sell it live with other artists at a pop up gallery downtown on Art Walk and Music Walk nights.
So my advice to other artists is this: If you are one of the ones writing journals complaining about not getting views, go take an art class in your area if you are not currently working with other artists. Try to do something to either sell your work or have people look at your stuff live and network with artists that live in your area. It is a FAR more rewarding experience than Deviantart. Deviantart is a virtual world and is.....NOTHING... like displaying your art live.