Happy 14th Birthday to DeviantART!! My favorite ART page thus far!
I can't quite remember how I came across DA but, I used to just use the website for wallpapers and gadgets for Windows way back. I didn't create an account until 2 years ago when I started really picking up customizing as a hobby. I got drawn to the website from the diverse crowd and the vast amount of toys that are all obtainable with just a click away. I stuck with dA rather than VC (VirtualCustoms) because everyone thinks they're a professional and can't help "noobs". People here at DeviantART are much more sociable and are much more willing to offer help.
Over time, I met a lot of inspiring and very helpful folks here. People who believed and helped build my creativity. DeviantART helps you realize that perfection takes time. Clarity and Definition are well valued all around here, I believe. There is a lot of love here even if you don't see it. You just have to take a little time to reach out and deviants will reach back to you. I am always willing to help and try to teach another Dev. whatever I can.
I'm actually quite happy to write this little journal, the badge is a perk but, writing this gave me a little flashback from when I first started and just changing simple things. Now, I can modify just about anything on Windows to my specific taste. I learned how to use and modify LiteStep, a 3rd party shell for Windows. I became so addicted to customizing to my taste, I learned how to use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator! Of course with all the help from the friends I made here over the years! I even got to beta-test a few things! I can't believe how much I've advanced since day 1. I'm truly grateful for DeviantART!
Finally, I encourage everyone to be a member here. You can learn a lot here if you are willing to take time to learn. Tons of people all over the world. I started off as just a member, now I'm a Co-Founder of a Super Group @ #Neiio-Visuals. I am a proud Deviant!