I'm going to begin a long transition to hosting my own art and content. I like DeviantArt, a lot actually, but I have stronger opinions about supporting the decentralized social web. I wrote a piece about MediaGoblin
on Medium recently, and am working on developing original themes for the project. Maybe if my code is decent, I might write a few plugins to fill in some missing gaps in functionality to really trick it out. You can see my new art, media, and other collections here.
I'll be working on a DeviantArt theme next.
The platform is entirely Free Software, and is developed around two principles: privacy, and customization. In the future, people with MediaGoblin sites will be able to follow one another back and forth from their own sites, in a phenomenon which the decentralized web calls federation. People will be able to interact from their own spaces of the web with their own content.
I've been with DeviantArt for a long time, but I feel that the site has become more commercialized, overcrowded, and inflexible. It has many sub-communities, but one day those might be able to exist entirely independently of any one social provider.