Heyhey to everyone!
I've been a deviant since 2005 or 2006, but I really started to use the website for the first time in 2008 I think, by adding a couple of digital pieces here. Not much happened, and I was very casual with the way I interacted with this website. In 2009 I added my first traditional artwork here and got more in to the website. Ever since then, I started to use the site more and more actively, day by day.
Now, in 2011 I've had my works viewed over 80000 times. I've received alot of positive and cheerful feedback on my work and it's one of the sparks that has kept my engine running! After all, even if we primarily work to please ourselves, it's ultimately also vital for an artist to please those around him and his work, to be approved of, or just to hear a kind word every now and then. I think the main reason for this is simply, to feel like it's all worth it.
All in all, I love the DA community, the atmosphere is absolutely magnetic, and the amount of respect levitating between the users is astounding.
I just wanted to send my thanks to you all, for all the support and for keeping this community alive for escalating- and veteran artists alike!
Kudos, DA !