About two weeks ago, I managed to reach the tenth year of being a deviant. It's quite an achievement, especially since I've not been one who'd keep with a trend or commitment for a very long time (unless it is something that constantly interests or stimulates me, or is close to my heart).
I'm not a popular deviant, only getting ~120 pageviews a month, but I feel I've done my part with the community and the community has given back to me - I met ~TsukiNoodle
(who was my girlfriend of almost two years) through the now extinct public dA Shout page back in 2005. During the many periods of activity then silence, I've chronicled certain furmeets, business and pleasure trips, observations and even the odd experimental piece. My works evolved from my original desires to be a pencil artist, to stories, poetry, and currently setting a firm foot on photography, where I'm trying to prove that an expensive SLR is not necessary for doing good photography (just some common sense, some luck, and in some cases, a little help from Microsoft ICE or a subtle effect with Adobe Photoshop).
My 'deviations' are not going to be winning many prizes, and I may never ever get a Daily Deviation, but I do hope my presence is appreciated and at some point in the future, acknowledged. It serves as a time capsule for a part of my life, a digital photo album, and in some cases, the illustrations that accompany the anecdotes I recite to friends. One of my deviations made its way to a blog on Kotaku, which caught me by surprise.
While many deviants I have interacted with have come and gone, the latest who seems to be going the course is *Almiras
. There are still some who keep watch at what I do and comment accordingly, but I do fear that this is fleeting. Such that it may be, my efforts in applying keywords to all of my work appears to have worked effectively, since I get the occasional message that someone random has +fav'ed something I submitted many years ago.
Anyways, it's too cliché to say 'here's to another ten years', so I'll just resort to the same word I say when I have nothing else to say, but am required to say something - biscuits.