Okay. Probably no one will ever read that, but oh well, let's give some sign that I still remember about the existence of News widget.
Today comes a 2-year anniversary of my dA account. Not a big deal, especially considering the fact that for most of the time, my account's existence remained unknown for nearly everyone, and rarely anyone bothered to give me any favs, with comments being even rarer (except for these friggin' "Thank you for fav" comments on my profile). But then again, there are few things in my life that I'm still using and haven't completely abandoned as something that I considered redundant and/or a part of the past that I would like to forget. dA account is one of them.
So, eh... maybe I should summarise what I've managed to achieve during these two years? Not much of it though.
At first, my account was filled with mostly Polish content made in MS Paint, sometimes with additional, poor English translations. One day, I moved to Paint.NET and I still keep using it. From what I remember, it was about two times when I got so depressed and pissed off by various people from Polish forums that in the result, I've mercilessly deleted almost all of my deviations, leaving only these that I considered the best. After a second time, if I remember correctly, I completely stopped writing anything on Polish forums and decided to move to the English ones instead. And I think it was worth it: no more syndrome of the "little nasty Polack" that 50% of the community had*. Everyone's nice. It was so incredible that I just couldn't believe it. And during that time, quite obviously, I removed almost all signs of Polish language on my account and decided to keep writing in English instead.
There is not much to say about times after that. I was adding things very rarely, due to having usually no feedback at all and therefore not being motivated for any further work. Getting 2-3 favourites for a single image was already a success. In one particular case (zutheskunk.deviantart.com/art/…, I've managed to achieve 10+ favourites for a single image, an unbelievable amount at that time. No other image got so much attention - but even so, no one wrote a comment there.
Around October 2010 or so, I started working on a puzzle mod "Temple of Damnation" for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, that was basically intended to be a set of levels that you must complete in order to leave a giant temple created by Sheogorath, the god of madness. I never managed to get more than just 1st level and some of the 2nd level done, but during that time, I've learned a few new tricks in Paint.NET and basically, I think that the quality of my art increased noticeably. Just my personal feeling, you may disagree with this. I still didn't have any attention on my account, but during that time, I really felt that I CAN do something. Something GOOD. Because usually, I feel worthless and skill-less. And that event created a little bit of motivation for additional work. Not very much, but it did.
My account kept being unknown and rarely visited by anyone... until the day of April 3 2011. Why is this date so important? Because this is the time when I learned about ponies. About My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show. I watched it. I loved it. I started looking for fan arts on dA. And ultimately, I joined some show-related groups and created some fan art myself.
That was the time when I first saw - and couldn't believe it - as my deviation reaches 50 favs(!) and receives a bunch of comments(!!!). But only after submitting The end of Spyro (zutheskunk.deviantart.com/art/… and receiving an incredible amount of feedback... this is when I really felt alive. Felt being seen. And for that, I would like to thank you, ponies. And Lauren Faust, the creator of the show. Nothing can compare with that feeling. Absolutely nothing. Now I can even say that I have a deviation(s) that reached 400+ favs and there's no wonder: I love it.
Now, from other things about my little 2-year anniversary. I've finally decided to make some order in my list of favourites. There were 65 pages, with 24 images each (except the last one), and I had to check almost every single one separately (except a few cases where it wasn't necessary, because I already knew that some particular images are good). I just couldn't believe how much junk I've collected during these two years. I kept un-faving these that were simply bad. The end result was 30 pages instead of 65. What's quite unbelievable about it is that I've somehow managed to collect 22 pages of pony-related content. Umm, okay, I know that I like that show very much, but 22 pages? In about two weeks? Seriously? ಠ_ಠ I had to decrease that amount from 22 to 12. If you're one of the victims - I'm sorry. I still can't believe how much of generally weak art I've collected among these ponies in so short time.
After general cleaning, I've moved the favourites to some fitting folders, and decided to use the main folder ("Featured") for keeping only those that I consider real good (these are usually accompanied with the reaction "Ooooh, brilliant"). I think that it's much better solution than this default mess.
And aside of that? Some fixes to my own deviations. Mostly in the descriptions, though one wallpaper got slightly updated. Rest assured that all of my deviations have some sort of order.
Future plans? None, really. I'm not planning anything. Usually. That's why I'm so messy sometimes. And never finish any bigger projects. But it's quite possible that for some time I'll stay with creating only pony-related content. It's all about favourites and comments, you see. I love receiving them. Except comments "Thanks for fav" on my profile. These are pissing me off. So don't post them, please.
If you really did read that, and maybe even going to comment it (assuming that you're not going to spam me, blame me for anything or to be generally nasty) - thank you.
* The syndrome of the "little nasty Polack" involves being overly sarcastic, nit-picky, nasty, mean and jealousy, and usually presenting the attitude of "If he's doing better than me, then I'm trying to make his life worse, and if he's doing worse than me, then I'm going to ridicule him".