Let me tell you all the story of how Deviantart changed my life.
I joined this community in 2008, just because I had a friend who used to draw and post stuff here (sadly, she left shortly after). I really enjoyed watching all kinds of art, and then, as I was just learning English I decided to try joining the chatrooms and see if I could communicate. I used to hang out in some chatrooms but there was not much activity, until I found a spanish chatroom HISPAchat ! That was a wonderful place in which I did many things. I was a moderator for a looong time until I had to leave for school issues. After I while the chatroom just died Anyways, in that chatroom I met fellow spanish speakers and some people from my own country .
One of the many days in that chatroom I met a guy who lived about 8 hours away from my city. We started chatting and became friends immediately. I started making my emotes in those times, and he was always encouraging me to keep working