Flying TimeI guess the old adage is true. Time really does fly when you're having fun. This past Sunday marked my 5-year work Anniversary with DeviantArt. It's been an exciting rollercoaster of events. So much has changed and grown since I joined the staff. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone. It's been a wild ride and I can't wait to keep stepping into the unknown with all of you.
In the brief time I've been in an official capacity to help all of you I've solved well over 96k helpdesk tickets through zendesk. I was hoping to hit the 100k mark by my anniversary, but you guys seem to have everything under control! I guess that's a good thing… I suppose if I were to try and add the couple hundred tickets I solved through our old helpdesk system whilst I was early on in my training Not to mention the notes and comments I receive I may be closer to that goal but I'm not gonna split hairs. It's been an absolute blessing helping all of you these past few years. I hope in the most part it was as good for you as it was for me!
Rabbit HoleThe big reveal is finally among us. You've been down the rabbit hole and now it's time to take a peek through the looking glass at the future of DeviantArt.
It's been such an honour being a part of this amazing experience. I've been through some amazing projects during my time on staff and experienced many from my time as a member but none of them can compare to this. I hope you all take a moment to read over Our Story and soak it all in. It's because of you, the community, that we are who we are today. It's because of you that this change is even possible. And believe me… there is much more in store for the future!
Your StoryYou clicked it, you shared it, you hypothesized on it. What do you think of it? I know a few of you got it dead on and others came very close. What do you think of the rebrand? How does it fit in with your DeviantArt story? Are you excited for the launch of the official DeviantArt mobile app on Dec 10th? Share in the comments below or on the announcement article! I can't wait to see the communities reaction.
Returning Champs!With so many returning champions last Friday it's no wonder I seemed to have skipped over the entire weekend. We saw both the release of the long anticipated #SmashBros reboot for the #WiiU and the release of #Pokemon #ORAS remake done in the X & Y engine. I can't decide which to play!
Smash BrosWith only one 3DS between both shuttermonkey and myself that decision was pretty much made for me. While Cory collected his favourite pocket monsters I took the opportunity to refine my Smash skills. The next day I had a little get together with my brothers and we played Smash for hours! It was so fun. I remember waking up on the weekends and battling it out in various games with my siblings and this was such a great sense of nostalgia. 8 Player Smash is such an amazing addition to this game. We pitted the 4 of us against 4 terribly hard CPU's and had a blast getting our butts kicked and kicking a bit ourselves. I also got a couple of #amiibo to kick off my collection. Pikachu and Mario to start and hope to gain a few more as I'm able.
PokémonI've slowly been catching up in Pokemon while Cory has been at work the past few days but I've got a ways to go yet. Just enjoying the ride really. It's been so long since I've played the original that this feels like a completely new experience. I am absolutely loving the Dex Nav app in the game. Knowing what other pokémon are in the area that I haven't caught yet really is a blessing. I find myself hating to move to a new route until I've got everything from that area! It's really helping me play more. Can't wait to see what other features are in store.
With the long Thanksgiving weekend fast approaching I can't wait to do it all over again and play games 'til my eyes bleed! Who's with me?
Our experience, in a word, was Phenomenal. We had the absolute best time ever in New York. Our hotel was perfect, the experiences were outstanding, we didn't want to leave!
Next time we won't be bogged down with all the tourist stuff so we can actually venture out and hook up with people! We honestly didn't know where the time had gone. It just flew by. There was so much to do and to see we were going nonstop. Luckily we got all of the tourist trap spots out of the way this go round. It was such a bummer to wait in line for so long. We seriously spent more time on lines waiting to get into the attractions than we actually spent viewing the attraction itself. We were lucky enough to save a few bucks via a CityPass ticket book but man, I hope to never stand in another line again… Really the only main attraction we missed was the top of the rock. I am still pissed with myself for losing those tickets. There is always a next time though!
After New York we returned to put the final touches on our Halloween Birthday party for shuttermonkey. He turned turned 30! So naturally we have to celebrate in style. There was a lot of food (way too much food, anyone want some?) a lot of fun, and a lot of crazy costumes! It was a blast. Never again will I be planning such a large affair… It's way too hectic and stressful. Even now I still feel like I forgot something! but anyway, if you haven't already, go glomp the monkey and congratulate him on 30 years of taking up space on this rock we call a home.
Now it's back to work… bear with me while I play catch up. :B
How did you guys spend the last couple of weeks. Have any interesting halloween stories to share? What's the haps?!
Moved!Yup… yet again shuttermonkey and I have moved. It's only been a little over a year since we last moved but when this new place presented itself we couldn't say no. We're not too far from our old place, actually it's really only about 2 blocks away, but it's inside a fairly nice neighbourhood while our old place was just outside. We feel like part of the elite now. Unfortunately it's less bedrooms than we had before, however, the space difference is massive so it more than makes up for it. The new place is double the size of our old place. It's so welcome especially for the cats. They've got so much more space to roam and run around. One of the biggest draws of this new place is that it's a favour for a friend of the family so he gave us an amazing deal on the rent. Which happens to include electricity so we can run the central air all day without worry! I no longer have to melt while I work from home during the day. It's so amazing. In all we're saving about an extra 400-500 a month. Which bring me to my next update!
Vacation!Cory and I are both turning 30 this year (I can't believe we're both this old), and November marks our 15 year anniversary, Anyway… because we're able to save some extra money and because such big milestones don't come along all that often we're gonna celebrate while we can. So we're heading to #NewYork! It's been a dream of ours to go there and we're finally making it a reality. We're beyond excited! We have so many things to do I just hope we can get most of them done in 8 days we're gonna be there. I doubt we'll get everything done, but we know for certain this wont be our only trip there! You guys have any ideas of things we need to check out?
Halloween!Segwaying right into our next topic! Cory is born on Halloween and it's both our favourite time of the year! We're so looking forward to a spooky time in New York but also we're throwing a costume bash after we get back. I can't wait to start watching all my favourite spooky movies we save up every year for this time. Hope you guys have awesome plans too!
I hope you all enjoyed your free premium memberships yesterday! I know I did! As promised, I've chosen a winner at random from the deviants who participated. And the winner is…
Thanks for playing along!
For 24 brief hours Everyone has a Premium Membership! That means, no ads, fancy stats and so much more! My favourite of these (in case you couldn't tell by my gallery) is Journals Skins!
I just love designing and coding! I use it as an expression of my artistic ability and for a brief shining moment everyone gets to use them! It's awesome. I love it so much I wanna extend one lucky users Premium Membership from a day to a month!
What do I have to do?
All you've got to do is create a journal using one of my Free Journal Skins and tell me why you like it!
Feature and artist, vent a frustration, inform the world of your next big art piece, anything you like! Just make sure you write a small paragraph telling me why it is you like that particular skin so much and send me a link to the journal so I can check it out.
The winner will receive a one month premium membership and a nice lil feature from me.
Enjoy your Free Premium Memberships!
The staff were asked to help populate the thought drawings pool and naturally I took a crack at it. Could you tell which ones were mine? Did any of you happen to get one that I made? I've seen quite a few of the ones I made make it to the most popular view which is mind blowing. I've never been there with my own art. XD It's kinda flattering.
So I screwed the pooch on this one… It appears the name TypeFight is already taken by another organization and they contacted me asking to resolve the confusion. I should have done my due diligence and researched the project a bit more but in my excitement I got carried away and pushed forward blindly. My Apologies
To that end I will be rebuilding the group on a new name. No longer will it be TypeFight, from henceforth you can find us at TypeBattle. All of the links and logos have been updated to reflect this new change. The journals and polls will be unaffected so if you have them faved or bookmarked you wont need to update your links. The old group will remain open for the next day or so while I migrate our early entrance fighters to the new group. In the mean time, I ask that all spectators please visit the new group and add that to your watchlist so you are kept up to date on the new battles.
Thanks for your understanding.
Help You This Year
I thought I'd do things a bit differently this year in regards to my New Year Resolutions. I already know what I want to accomplish this year in regards to my personal life, but I'm not sure exactly what I should strive for when it comes to my deviantART life. So I ask you; what is it you think I should do this year? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below. I'd love to hear what it is you guys think I should be doing more/or less to help make deviantART a better place for you.
ginkgografix is an awesome person and all around excellent artist. She throws this project every year and it really does take a lot of effort to pull off. Please go give her some love and support!
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