RESPECT GUYS. If you're an ask/rp account with your own OC let me just say, You. You have guts. You are brave. And not just OCs, even redesigns of characters with ask/RP accounts. With the growing number of OC accounts I'd just like to say some things.
First off, if you're an OC account which has information down the line or have journals all about your area and such, I immediately applaud you. If you spent more than a few months on your OC, possibly redesigning looks and personality, and spent so much time on information for your character, I salute you. I see so many OCs out there. So many who have wonderful admins who've spent a TON of time researching and just spending time with their character. These people need more watchers. More questions. More love.
If you spent TIME and EFFORT on your OC and it wasn't JUST for the sole use of SHIPPING, then I respect you. So much.
I would just like to say, making OCs is NOT an easy job. This OC, I've had for a little over a year now. She has gone very far. I'm going to tell you guys something, and you can let it choose to change your opinion of me. But I have a confession. I was once, like a crazy shipper. A blinded fangirl, waltzing over the historic material so shown forth on my screen. I only cared for the looks of the characters. I decided to make an OC. I didn't want a country, I still don't remember why but I had settled on a place in China. At first, (very, very embarrassingly), Annshi was once paired with Japan. In happiness too. Her name was Kaida. A Japanese name. Even now I look back and resist the urge to slap my own face HARD across. What was I thinking? How COULD I? Then, I actually began to research. I began the search. The search spiked my interest in history. Once before, I liked history but did not enjoy it as much as I did now. But that all changed. I began to read articles on the Four Great Ancient Capitals. Beijing. Nanjing. Luoyang. Xi'an. Each a place to tell their story. From the build of the magnificent Great Wall of China, to the Nanjing Massacre, to the glorious achievements of Luoyang, to the revival of Chang'an/Xi'an. Suddenly, I felt different. More knowledge. More caring. More aware. I became someone TOTALLY different. I realized how important history was. How it was something that brought me, us, to where we are today. I began to read all the old Chinese books my parents and grandparents had. I was overjoyed. I took a look back at my OC. Disgusted, I started over, keeping still a portion of her looks. I started this account with giving her no human name, but that was before I became aware. Slowly, very slowly, I began to care more and more. I became shocked by own stupidity. I wanted to just punch myself in the gut. I began to show so much sympathy for Chinese history. I began to ask my own family. Their hardships, their pain, their lives, their thoughts on these. I learned so much. I became hungry for knowledge. I started reading as many history books as I could. Not just Chinese history, I branched off to history of Asia and soon Europe, and Africa, and South America. There was so much to learn. So much to know more about. And...so many things that people DIDN'T know. I was killed inside because so many people knew some events more than others, others being even more atrocious and horrific to mankind as ever. I looked in my own textbooks; nothing about Southeast Asia, nothing about war crimes in China, nothing about anything else. Then I began to understand the world a little better. I began to grow the ability to see other peoples' point of view, respectively. I grew more aware of the world. What kind of world it was. What happiness and what horrors there were. Such a sloppy conglomeration of hope and death. Annshi has changed much. I have changed much. And I am proud to say that I literally started from the depths of blindness to become at least a little more aware of the world. I'm proud of my OC, even if she's not the greatest, she's come a long way. And in the journals that I write and deviations I post, I hope people will learn more about China, and not just what they are taught to know. I hope people can learn at least something from what I write, even if what I type sounds pretty stupid sometimes. And I hope that I learn from people, you guys, too--
But anyway, OC creators, you are the brave ones. Your OC is like a porcelain doll that you bring to show-and-tell. A fragile being that could easily be shattered by the screeches of the critical. I salute you all and hope you all a safe journey. RESPECT is all I'm saying. OC creators spend time and effort and show their baby to the world. The world which we all know is a critic. Some good comment. Some bad comments. All of which you have all bear through. Your heart is strong and so is your mind. I applaud all those OC accounts.
It's a lot more difficult to get attention as an OC. When you are a canon character, people flock to you like wildfire. When you are an OC, people(often crazy fangirls) may take advantage of your character, are cautious, and eve completely ignore your character. "It's not canon" they say. You know what we say to them? "NO NEED!" OC creators are bearing through it all. Canon accounts have no worry for being criticized. No worry for being critiqued. No worry for lack of watchers or fans. But OC creators often do. We constantly worry, "is our character good enough?" while even some CANON characters are even flawed. I don't think it's just for a canon character to have flaws and OCs cannot have ANY. Where is the sense in that? Canon may be by Himaruya, but he was human. And so are the OC creators.
My main point, OC creators of all your precious well-researched and treasured OC darlings, YOU are strong and brave and absolutely AMAZING. You've got GUTS. You all deserve a huge medal. You all deserve a ton of cookies. You all deserve to be noticed. You all deserve love. Ya'll need some appreciation. If you're an admin of an OC account and you're feeling like nobody cares and you don't matter, DON'T SAY THAT! You DO matter and you are INCREDIBLE. People. RESPECT. If you're an OC account and having some trouble getting some attention, ASK ME! I will make journals! I will do whatever I can!! All your OCs need love!!!!
Just felt like saying this ya know. OC creators, you deserve a million rounds of applause. Now go and be AWESOME!!! <3