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My sincere thanks

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2012, 3:42 AM
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: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.

~Heidi



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:iconwolfluvva:
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.
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:iconmysticalangel101:
MysticalAngel101 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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Powerclaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
If your an admin please help
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews article collection for posting later today ~ August 10, 2012.
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:iconjukeboxaudio:
JukEboXAuDiO Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proud to be a member for almost a decade. :)
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:iconitsfrits:
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:
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Great!
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:icontiavon:
TiaVon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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:iconchocolate-paper:
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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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Then my hat goes off to you for making the last 12 years truly amazing :aww:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:#1: I'm so excited for what's to come!
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:iconjaxbnice:
JaxBnice Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Artist
To many more years to come!
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:iconmatteo:
matteo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers! :) I couldn't have said it better.
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:heart:
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so nice to read this.
A bit like you, deviantART has give me so much things in those last years ... (8 for me now), from new comers to old fart everything is good on deviantART :)
I hope to be able to be here even more longer, to troll you more and to be able to meet you again :hug:

Thank you so much Heidi for all your devotion and love during all those years!
It's really incredible to see such awesome peeps with us!

"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."
One thing I would add :
None can claim to have such a dedicated and accessible staff for every single person of his community !

:heart:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Writer
:w00t!:

And just think, in one more year deviantART itself will be thirteen, and finally old enough to join deviantART! :lol:
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JamesHoppy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
congrads! I wish I could work with :fella: but I live in norcal.
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:iconarichy:
Arichy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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:iconlost-angle:
lost-angle Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:

I'm so glad you and all the other staff created this site and curated this community. Without it, I have no idea where I'd be, certainly with fewer friends, slightly different goals, and without the joy that sits in my heart in the place of depression. This center of creativity and friendship changed my life, and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that.

So, Thank you!
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks I found my 3 of my best friends here and we chat on the phone all the time.
:iconbutterfly1plz::iconbutterfly2plz::iconwingsplz::iconbutterfly1plz::iconbutterfly2plz:
With a big :iconllamaglomp::icontardglompplz: :iconthanksyouplz: :icondeviantartplz:
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
DeviantART is so lucky to have you $Heidi! You've been such an amazing aspect of the team! You're a wonderfully delightful person and your hard work never goes unnoticed!

Thank you for being a part of such an amazing site and allow it to build and grow into what it is now and will become. Thank you for all your hard work and support to the community and site.

DeviantART is my home :heart:
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4EverYoungKid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Kinda sounded has if you were leaving deviantART. :meow:
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought I read into it the same way....
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:iconwinehaus:
winehaus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
:happybounce: Even though I haven't been here as long as you, I still consider deviantART one of the most important aspects of my life. :dalove:

It's amazing to think how the site has changed since 2000! :la:
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have been here over 9 years and it has been home to me too. I can't express how much this community has helped me and I will be here as long as they will let me hang around. :hug: :hug:
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DesDemonaWraith Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
im sure all the artists and aspiring artists are just as thankful ... it must be really hard to keep up the maintenance of this site with it growing everyday...(even tho im sure there are many accounts that are fake or duplicates just like facebook) but you guys work so hard to help us artists connect... I personally say thanx .. i may have just joined (wasnt sure about putting my works out there) but my fellow artists inspire me... and ive learned so much from others... your works never go unnoticed... i have always dreamed of talking to other artists (most of my RL friends dont understand art so its hard talking to them about it) and now i can... you guys do an awesome job!!!! thnx ever so much :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It's hard to understand how much this site means to me - having found not only my girlfriend and my best friends here, but most importantly, myself.

I am very happy with who I am today and a lot of that is thanks to this wonderful community here, that you did so much for to build. Thank you :hug:
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! Today's my b'day! :party: August babies including DA's in 2 days time.

:hug: when are DA core staff going on another World Tour with Fella (have yet to meet him) and llama?

It was fun when you and spyed were in Singapore. :)
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
happy birthday :iconchampagneplz:
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:iconcharlenequek:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: thank you :drunk: let's :dance::evillaugh: Hic! Hic!
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your so very welcome.:hug:
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:iconcharlenequek:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:dance:
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:iconwinehaus:
winehaus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Happy birthday! :dummy:
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:iconcharlenequek:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Happy birthday!
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:iconquolia:
Quolia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy BirthdAy, deviantART :love: :party: I enjoy telling my Mom about the site and all the things I like to do and even show her awesome art :heart:

And thank you and the rest of the staff :dummy: You guys rock!
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tesumii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
yay!! Happy B-Day for dA!! and Congratz Heidi for the dedication, dA is the best site for hobbyists, artists and professionals so far!~
Thanks for all the good and bad experiences~always a learning!~ :dalove:
^w^
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kakkorta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:iconheidi: Thank you so much! I :iconlove1plz::iconlove2plz: DeviantART and it means so much to me! :iconthankyou1plz::iconthankyou2plz::iconthankyou3plz::iconthankyou4plz::iconthankyou5plz:
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GingerCat-P Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it wasn't for DeviantART, I would have never even dreamed of coming so far... :D Thank you~
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violetstory Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   General Artist
:heart: Thank you Heidi :heart: This site is beyond amazing and is truly something to be proud of :meow:
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DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was telling my mum all the stuff I do on this site (still don't think she really gets it :D ) but it's amazing trying to explain it to anyone who isn't here. :love:

So many have grown and developed with this site, it's a testament to community spirit and the evolution of art.

Our sincere thanks to you!
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Kayshae Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, 12 years is most of my life :ohnoes:
But anyway it is a long time, deviantART is an amazing site that's helped me achieve a lot in art :clap:
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coolmarvin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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