Firstly, I dont remember back that far.
I have absolutely no idea how I heard of DA or why I made an account or what were my first posts. But a piece of trivia: this is actually my second account (and its already 10 years old!). My original account, which deviantart wont give me access back to because I cant remember the email address I registered it with, is even older. I had switched accounts all that time ago because for some reason I wanted to start going by my actual name rather than a screenname (regretably.)
That's super boring stuff so i wasnt going to do one of these journals. But now Im writing this because DA notifies you now when folks mention your name in a journal - and this morning in my inbox were a few pages of people linking to me in their DeviantArt Story journals, stating that the BBA was the reason they signed up for this site many years ago. I feel compelled to respond to that - I think that's pretty cool, and is more important to me than any story I could tell about myself.
All of these folks have grown way beyond their BBA fandom and developed artistically in diverse directions. Like I've said before, it's really weird knowing you can have influence on the lives of people you've never met, so when I read these things, it hardly feels real. But it makes me smile, and that's something I need, because sometimes I feel like a nobody, or that it's silly to be 28 and quitting my job because i want to draw talking wolf comics again. I really enjoy doing it, but many days demons of doubt still plague me. This site is really my only network of support for my art - I think many of you can relate to the fact that people you meet and know in person usually dont get why the hell you are drawing sparkly talking dogs all the time.
So yeah, just feeling appreciation for our little DA canine community, and feeling proud that I apparently brought a few of those people into the fold.