Hey, I'm with you on that one! Well I started fractalling 13 years ago actually! I'm crap at the self-promo end of things though...I always falter when it comes to advertising and public info...ARG!!! So yes, keeping at it sometimes works!
My first digital art work started 30+ years ago using Deluxe Paint (Electronic Arts). Then, about 25 years ago I started using the fractal program, Fractint for DOS. First computer was an Apple II. But started using Apophysis when I joined DA.
Wow that's amazing and great for you! I had no idea that fractal programs started out so long ago! I didn't find out about fractals until reading about them in National Geographic until the early 90's. I didn't get a computer until 1999.