It's really obvious by now, but I'll be honest...
I'm not really sure I have that much more interest in DeviantART.
I've met a handful of cool people, certainly, but it's not really going anywhere for me. I mean, I haven't posted that much art, haven't really connected with the fandoms and communities I've been looking for, and in all honesty, haven't really accomplished what I wanted to. It's just...uneventful, is all. And really, most of that is my fault for not damn well doing anything. I haven't reached out as much as I should have, and as a result, nothing's gone anywhere due to my own inactivity. I feel pretty bad about it, but I really need to move on, or things are just going to keep stagnating.
At this point, the only things keeping me here on DA are the connections I've made with a few people. I mean, as little as I do on this site, you guys are cool, and I don't just wanna shut the door.
That said, I'm not leaving DeviantART. Not by a long shot. This account is staying open, indefinitely. I'm still going to post all my art here, though I'm pretty much done with photography and will be focusing on traditional drawings and sketches. I'll still check up on my messages often, to see what's going on. However, I'm not going to be doing much more here than just posting, simply to have as a database, and in case my art gets randomly noticed by someone. I'll be focusing a lot more on other sites, especially those that align more with my interests. So far, I've mostly been on Tumblr as of late, though I've also got a (largely unused) Weasyl account, and am considering joining FA. (That one's tentative, though.)
(For reference, my Tumblr url is furgraphiteandchlorine.)
It's not that I'm leaving; after all, I'm not. I'm just taking the time to expand, as well. I feel as though this is a positive step for once, and the notion of reaching out and meeting new people is already getting me both excited and motivated. As of lately, I've been pretty productive, though I've kept most of it to myself so far. Pretty soon, I hope to start posting some finished artwork, and really work on some character design and original creations. After all, I've been working mentally on a story for around 5 years now. The "webcomic" that I used to allude to in my journals? That's been developing in my mind (and in a host of documents on my laptop) this whole time, and as much as I regret waiting, I'm glad I've given it all this time to incubate and become what I imagine it is. Now, though, I'm about damn ready to break out of my shell and give it life. And just saying that excites me.
To everyone who's ever interacted with me here on DA--posted a comment, replied to something I've said, favorited my artwork, anything--thank you. You've encouraged me so much, and if it wasn't for all of you, I would have quit long ago. You've given me the motivation, and just the sheer interest, to keep pursuing what I know I want to do, and for that, I can't thank you enough.
DeviantART has helped me get this far--it's because of finding this site that I gained the motivation to become an independent artist in the first place. Now, it's time to take the next step.
I'll still be around. That much, I promise.