God, it's hard to believe it's been 5+ years since I first joined this site. I've watched it grow and change for better or for worse. It used to feel like home to me, but now I don't feel that same cozy feeling. Maybe it's how greedy this site has become, or how large the community has gotten. I just don't feel the same using this site as I did when I was younger. That's why I'll be taking my leave, and finding a different site to post my art. I'll likely be moving somewhere smaller-- I don't like big crowds, and that's really what DA is these days.
It's really bittersweet. I feel a mix of sadness and happiness leaving this site. I have so many fond memories, as well as bad ones. I basically grew up here. Some of my strongest memories are of this site. But I know that things won't be like they used to be. Many that I used to talk to regularly don't use this site anymore, or we have grown apart. I have also changed myself, I've realized. I'm not nearly as social as I used to be. I like the quiet, talking to very few people. This site is becoming more and more social media based, and it's quite uncomfortable for me.
I never thought I would be one of the ones saying "I'm leaving DA", but here I am. I'll be leaving all my fanart and art for others up, but I have put any OC's and such that I personally created in storage. I hope to maybe come back one day, when this site feels comfortable again to me but I don't see that happening. I've been off and on trying to use this site, but it's just not working. So why force myself? I'm growing up and changing, and this is part of the change.
Thank you to all those I have met, everyone that has given me a favorite or comment. Anyone who has taken the time to have a conversation with me. Thank you. This site has taught me a lot of things, given me so much entertainment and made me happy for many years. Now it is time for me to move on to something else. So I guess it's time to say goodbye. And again, thank you to anyone who has supported me over the years.