Article by Curry Zawa Kaoru
The newbies in my small niche get harassed and leave
However, once a town has prospered to a certain extent, it's rare for the population to drop to zero, no matter how desolate it has become. Even in towns that seem to be at the bottom of a dam, once you drain the water you'll still find some corpses waiting to be rescued (or supplied).
In small niches, there's always the question of: "Is anyone really looking at this?", but on the flip side, you can enjoy drawing at your own pace, without caring much about the viewers.
In other words, major genres may be lively and fun, but they come with the downside of being unsafe and tiring, while minor niches have the disadvantage of lacking material, but the silver lining is that all the remaining villagers are eagerly waiting for the town's artists to create more of their traditional handicrafts ー in their own time, of course, and for however long they please.
Desolated areas can be wiped out by a single bad guy.
This is the situation in your tiny village now: you're hiding in a barn watching helplessly as other villagers are being eaten alive by the bad guy, and you want to do something about it.
However, and correct me if I'm wrong, it's exactly because you never wanted to get involved in such things that you have chosen not to socialize with the other villagers and be a lurker.
The same goes for setting up Marshmallow. Accepting anonymous questions and comments makes it easier to get feedback and support from the good people, but anonymity makes you an easy prey ー Jack Nicholson style.
So if you don't want to get Nicholson'd, you'd better not set it up at all.
Conversely, by not using Marshmallow and not socializing with others, we can say you've done a good job defending yourself this time.
Stay away from disasters and avoid extinction
The village is no longer depopulated ー it's empty.