I have been a deviantART member for a little over two years now. Within those two years, I have enjoyed this community and everything it has offered. Recently, however, I have come to the realization that my heart just isn't in it anymore. It has nothing to do with anybody or anything at this website, it's just a personal matter. My will to create emoticons has faded significantly.
As some of you may know, I recently lost everything on my hard drive (but only for a week. A friend was able to recover everything for me). When I lost everything, that included all of my deviantART files and folders: emoticon work, emoticon templates, emoticons in progress, journal section templates, etc.
The thought of not having those specific files and folders for a week made me think that I would go nuts without them (in the deviantART-sense of course). However, it was quite the opposite. It really didn't bother me by not having them. In fact, I barely visited deviantART that entire week as well. As much as it upsets me to say this, I really didn't miss it. I mean...I did...but not enough to make a significant impact (one that you'd think should for someone like a senior member/gallery director such as myself).
Because of this, I've realized that (as I said earlier) my heart just isn't in it anymore. I've come to the obvious conclusion that it's not fair for the deviantART community to have someone on staff that is not dedicated to what they do. Therefore, I have asked °dygel to allow me to step down as icons gallery director. A suitable replacement will be made soon. On top of this, I will be leaving the deviantART community as well.
Thank you all for all the wonderful comments and suggestions on my emoticons over these past two years. Your support kept me going this long. Unfortunately though, all things must come to an end. For me, that time is now.
Goodbye deviantART. Thank you.