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My sincere thanks

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2012, 3:42 AM
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Friendly Fires - On Board
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Drinking: Water

:star:  Happy 12th birthday, deviantART!

In two days, on August 7th, deviantART will celebrate our 12th year on the Web.  As deviantART's third employee (behind spyed and chris), I've spent over 40% of my life working for the site.  

The last 12 years have oftentimes been a roller-coaster ride of the highest highs and the lowest lows, but having the opportunity to help build a site like deviantART -- that truly impacts the lives of millions of people -- while getting to work with good friends and talented peers, has been well worth any hardships.  It's been the best experience of my life.  

My time at deviantART has been an incredible ride and I've learned more than I thought was possible.  From gifted co-workers to sage advisors and mentors, I'm forever grateful for every relationship and interaction, and I'd like to thank everyone who has made it possible for deviantART to get where it is today.  Most importantly, I'd like to thank the deviantART community.  Few sites can claim they've been around for 12 years and none of deviantART's successes and accomplishments would have been made possible without the deviants who continue to call deviantART home.

Today, deviantART has amassed over 23 million members and receives 56 million unique visitors per month.  Even so, we're just at the cusp of what's to come.  Enormous opportunities are ahead -- ones that will allow us to connect people and the arts in entirely new ways -- and I'm excited for the world to see all the amazing things we'll develop through community and technology.


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Wolfluvva Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When my friend told me to get an account on DeviantART, I was a bit iffy. But now I am so happy that I joined! Thank you Painttail , for introducing me to DevianART! And Thank you, $Heidi , for making DeviantART the site it is today! DeviantART has helped shape me into the very artist I am today, with the Influence and motivation of the other members and their drawings, and the easy access to everything. It is great to recieve feedback and constructive critisism. Nobody on this site has ever been rude to me, even if I said something stupid (Which is pretty easy for me to do, but I'm working on it) and I have gotten a few favorites on my drawings. Thank you, anyone who is STILL reading this for being patient. XD This site really is AMAZING, and knowing it came together with a few people cooperating and thinking of great ideas.
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happiKrs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks for the artist and the work they share with us.
MysticalAngel101 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Powerclaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
If your an admin please help
JamminJo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews article collection for posting later today ~ August 10, 2012.
JukEboXAuDiO Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proud to be a member for almost a decade. :)
itsfrits Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well put, Heidi. I'm proud to have been a member for over eight years. It's people like you who make deviantART feel like home! Keep on rocking. :hug:
makepictures Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
TiaVon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Chocolate-Paper Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:dummy: Can't wait to see what the next 12 years bring!
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