so i guess its like a thing right now that people are doing where they talk about how they first joined da?? ur supposed to talk about 5 deviations too but i guess deviantart isnt having that cause its not letting me copy and paste things so OH WELL but i can tell the story!
i actually heard about deviantart way earlier than anyone probably thinks, back in 2008 or 5th grade for better reference (im a junior in high school now) and i heard about it from my babysitter ashley bc she frequently uploaded her stuff there
later i joined ET (an afterschool program for parents who couldnt pick their kids up when school ended or didnt want to leave them alone after they got home on the bus) and i would stay there till about 5ish 5:30ish until my mom picked me up, and ashley ended up being an assistant there so she gave me the link to her deviantart
at the time i was just drawing anime/pokemon/webkinz/warrior cats and i didnt really know what a fandom or any of that was
it wasnt until i was about 11 before i started watching keroro gunso and drawing fan keros that i started slowly joining a fandom- but that was only on youtube, and in fact i remember i used to upload videos onto my channel all the time
i waited until was 12 before making an account, and luckily i was never banned for it (this is the only account ive ever made and used)
i mostly uploaded keroro stuff and giftart of other peoples ocs, i was a little obnoxious and really wanted to be everyones friends but all in all it wasnt a horrible phase
i think i was in the fandom for a solid year or two before homestuck became the big thing and i got super into that (which im still into AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS. . .)
the homestuck fandom was in its prime when i joined it and my improvement skyrocketed (though my anatomy was very wonky when i first started drawing the homestuck trolls bc my lack of drawing humanoids from the keroro fandom was biting me on the ass)
if i hadnt joined homestuck i dont think i would be nearly as good at art as i am today
nowadays i do go on deviantart all the time but i just dunno where to start making friends and stuff- but im trying to be more active in the community so maybe thatll help!! thanks for reading!