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Ten Years

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 29, 2018, 7:00 AM


Today marks the day I am on DeviantArt for ten whole years. A lot has happened in those ten years... Pack your bags and let me take you on a little journey!
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Ten years ago, I already had an account here. For about four years, at that point. So technically, it's been 14 years since I first joined DA. DA was only three years old then, and much like I was back then, a little kid. I remember when I first tried to sign up, I couldn't, because I wasn't old enough. I wasn't yet thirteen, so I made myself thirteen and entered an older birthday. (don't worry, my current birthday is the true one :giggle:) I was that excited to get on here, look at art, and most of all: learn English. 

At that point, I didn't do a lot of art. I sketched a little, doodled a bit, but it was beyond me how people got their stuff on their DeviantArt pages. I thought you maybe had to get some special request from the staff to get permission to put it up :lmao: I still remember this well, and boy, was I naive! Thankfully, by now I have figured out how to put my art up... Imagine if I hadn't! 

Either way, after a while I did figure it out. But I had a lot of bumps down the road. I didn't understand how things worked around here, nor did I speak English very well, let alone read or write it. So with my dictionary as my weapon I started reading literature on here. I was determined to learn and understand English. I figured, the rest will come later. And it did. By the time I created this account, I was writing my own English literature. Some poems, a bit of prose. Looking back at it now, the grammar makes me cringe. But it is good to see the enormous progress I have made since then, since 2008. 
I remember when I wanted to start putting my photography up... but all I had was my analogue camera, I had no digital camera, nor a scanner. Nowadays, when you get a film developed, you'll get a CD with digital copies of your photographs. Back then, you wouldn't. Most of the time I couldn't even afford to get my negatives developed, so I made do with my grandfathers darkroom, and developed my own photographs. 

It must've been 2011 I got my very first, and my very own, digital camera. I had borrowed other peoples camera's at that point, but that just didn't measure up to the joy of having my own. I went to photography school then, and very soon I learned I was the only one working with film. One of the requirements of the school was to have a digital camera. I ended up reconsidering that study, though. I decided to take a different route, onto teaching, but to continue with photography. 

Then I disappeared off DA for a while. A year, maybe two, I barely checked in. I am not sure what happened there, but it did. Something did bring me back in the end, and I guess that is all that matters.

Ever since my return, I have met amazing people. I have made a ton of awesome friends. I have gotten the chance to provide others with help, teach them, and help them improve. I found out about features, about the DA chat network, and groups. I created my own group after helping out in several others. And through that, I have met even more amazing people. I am proud to say that I met some of my best friends right here, on DA. And today, I am still very happy I have come back. DA is my home on the internet. It's the place I go to when things look down, but it is also the place I go to when things look up. I love sharing my work with the world, and I love reading all these sweet and kind messages you all have sent me, and are still sending me. I love talking to you guys, and even in times when I am not online as much, remember, I am always around. If you need me, I am just a note away, because I know, when I need you, you are just a note away.
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And to that, I will toast. To another ten years!

Cheers fella (party)  


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:iconb0nkers:
B0nkers Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
A decade of deviousness! Many congrats. :cookie:
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018   Photographer
Thank you dearie :heart:
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SirAllen15 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I stopped by to read this. I enjoyed reading about your journey. :)

Congratulations on your ten years here. As a new deviant, I find this pretty astounding. 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018   Photographer
Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the story :)
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SirAllen15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, sweet lady.
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :clap: :clap: :icondabirthdayplz: Great journey
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Gigi :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconurwplz:
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Catlaxy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Aniversary Monique! :party:
And thanks for sharing your dA story with us! You have accomplished so many things here! :clap:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you dear :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy anniversary Monique :)
It was lovely to read your story :)
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Lawrence! I am glad you enjoyed it :)
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
Happy birthDAy! :heart:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Tanya :)
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Spuka05 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Woow I knew about DA before but I never signed up because I hated art but now I do also I'm learning a bit of Finnish so I can move over there when I'm older but I have trouble and there are no teachers that teach Finnish here but hopefully I will learn in about 2 years 
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Finnish is something you best learn by being there and using the language :) 
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you are here, Monique.
God bless you,
Steve :hug:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Steve! :hug:
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super Big Congrats my friend! :clap:  :dance:
I am Bless to have you in my life on DA and off!  moomin-hug 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you dear :heart:
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MattBMattB Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on a decade of deviant-ness! <3
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018   Photographer
Thank you! It's exciting! :huggle:
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litatokun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Woaaahhh it's been so long senpiiiiii OwO
I hope the journey awaiting will be as great and fun as the one before !

Cheerssss ~~! :cheers: 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018   Photographer
It has been a long time! But we'll keep on going and sticking around here! I definitely hope so the future will be just as great :)
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UtkarshPatel13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Wonderful
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018   Photographer
Sure is! 
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