When I look around on dA I notice that most people seem to have a goal. And I don't just mean the common goal to improve because I assume that almost every artist has that anyway. No, I mean a somewhat clear vision of the kind of art they want to do. Be it anime, animals, scenery, realism etc etc.
But then I think to myself that I don't really have that at all. Sure I have phases where I think, oh that's it, that's the one thing I really want to get better at! A few days later though it's something completely different. I just feel like I want to be able to do it all. I want to be able to create high quality art in all fields at one point. Not just scenery, I want it for my pixels, my chibis, for realistic portraits, for general studies...
And I'm far from it. Now I was thinking...what if that's exactly what keeps me from improving with the speed I'd like to. Because I can't seem to keep focus, because I jump from one thing to the next. On the other hand though I notice that I can draw lessons from everything I do and apply it to one of the other fields I am working at.
Anyway, that's just me getting carried away.
And then maybe you should check this out:
There's a lot of truth in this and I'd advise you to read the whole description.
Personally I've been thinking a lot that it is a little unfair how some categories will always get more exposure but the current system does indeed drown out a lot of amazing works that are in the "normal" categories.
But just read it yourself.