I don't know whether this entry will reach anyone but as the founder of this group I feel like I owe an explanation to those who are still part of the deviantART community and who were members of this group.
Most of you don't know me. My name is Carla and 7 years ago, deviantART was my life. I was a teenager who was depressed and often ready to give up on life. Back then it was the community and the beautiful, amazing people on here who really helped me out. My family and most of my friends don't know about my page on here. Even today. I find it very personal to share my deviantART site with someone. It's like my own personal diary online of a time I now look back upon with with melancholic happiness. My personal page has almost 30 000 page views and most of them are from strangers. Or people I have never met. Those two don't always go hand in hand, as I have loved and trusted people on here who I still have never met, yet I would not call them strangers.
These days, the people whom I grew to love have moved on from deviantART. Jobs and families have taken over and time to sit online for hours like we used to has become non existent. That's the reason that now when I come back here, I feel like I'm visiting an empty playground that used to be filled with my friends. Sometimes I come just for the sheer melancholic feeling. To remember the things I so very much still love about this place. To look back on old memories. Sometimes I even leave poems and journal entries, like one would leave a paper note burried in a box under a tree, not really expecting anyone to read it and if so only really by chance.
I love deviantART with all my heart. This community has given me so much and it was the reason why I wanted to give back. The reason I founded this group.
I'm sure new generations have joined deviantART and I sincerely hope they will be as happy here as we used to be.
I read some comments on the "closing" entry. I wanted to keep this group alive. I still do. With my personal life being the way it is and the way I feel about deviantART, I would love to pass this group on to those who want it. As the last entry showed, it's a lot of work. You'd basically be starting from scratch as many accounts who used to be part of this are now merely kept as memories, collecting dust like old diaries kept in a box in the attic.
If you read this and you are an active member of dA and you think you're up to the challenge, let me know! Comment on here and I will keep checking back over the coming weeks and get in touch with you. It would make me very happy to see this group become what it used to be.
Otherwise, I will look back fondly and hope I helped at least one person in the few years during which deviantART was my world. A time, during which I was "lost in my world".
As quoted in one of my favourite movies, V for Vendetta:
"What I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you.
With all my heart,
I love you."