It's a shame I'm not more excited about reaching my sixth year here on DA. A lot has happened during that time. I was very inactive for the first year or so, having joined more to watch my daughters than to participate in the community myself.
Over time, I became more and more involved with the DA community - making friends and lending support to young artists where I could. It was my second home and I loved every minute I spent on the site. I've had a lot of personal tragedy over the past 4+ years, and having DA as my oasis to retreat to was great.
Unfortunately, much has changed on DA since I first joined - and many of the changes have been less than positive. I finally got a newer computer, so I can access the site again - for about two years I had limited access since my ancient Mac just couldn't load the pages. It got so bad that I couldn't even log in on my own computer, and seldom had access to another one.
I have a new computer, and more update version of Photoshop now, but my enthusiasm for art and for DA have faded after all the garbage I've experienced on the site. Whether or not I can find new inspiration and desire to post my art again remains to be seen. Winter approaches and I know I'll be busy with real life for a time. But, I'm hoping to find some time to work on my fanfiction and fanart.
Six years. Looking back at everything that's happened in that time is hard. It's just a shame that DA was no longer my oasis during much of that time. I really could have used the escape.
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