I've been on dA for almost ten years now. My level of activity on this site has certainly varied over the years, but I've always felt drawn back by the sheer magnitude of impressive art and the many wonderful people I've met along the way. At first, I only lurked around the site, taking in what others had to offer, but after a while, I started to post my own photos. Looking back, my first photos were really quite horrible (many of which have since been removed from my account ), but I think I've managed to improve a bit over the years. I know this is mainly due to seeing so many amazing photos here and being influenced by them. I certainly owe much of my improvement as a photographer to dA.
Besides so much great art, dA has been a place where I've met a number of very nice people. Unfortunately, several of them have left the site over the years, but here are a few of them that are still around!