I joined 13 years ago when I was still a teen and the internet was a much less densely populated landscape. I made good friends and interacted with a lot of kind strangers through DA. The validation I got for my drawings and paintings helped me stay excited and inspired, and I am grateful I had that opportunity. To those who were with me for the ride, thank you for sharing your encouragement and enjoyment of my art. I wish you and newcomers I haven't met all the best. You can email me if you need to get in touch: eyestrain89 at gmail.com.
Take care of yourselves and be creative when you can.