I found dA through a link on a friend's chat profile, and I was curious (the idea of an art sharing website like this was new to me). I joined to have further contact with her.
At first I was overwhelmed by how vast the website was. I discovered art forms I never knew existed (photomanipulation being one of them!). I eventually got the nerve to post some drawings and stories and to slowly take part in the community. It was a couple years before I discovered the forums and really got the ball rolling.
I love trying new things, so it didn't take long to become inspired by the then unknown art forms. I took to them and haven't looked back. I am constantly expanding my horizons and trying to better myself.
It's also a great place to appease my inner fangirl. (Random little tidbit: My username is a shortened form of my fanfic pen-name, Haunted Emerald Depths, and it relates to Harry's eyes)
People here are so warm and welcome. It is an honor to be a part of this wonderful community(especially as a volunteer). I can't get enough of it. There is never a dull moment. It's hard to believe eight years have passed already. I'm looking forward to many more.