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Its been awhile since I've updated my blog due to several factors, mostly because of my move home and new job. But i think i am getting settled in and I have a bit more time to access dA. I didn't fulling disappear i was still able to do a few of my duties as a CV but i wasn't able to post DD's. So for all of those persons who sent me DD suggestions I apologize for my negligence on that matter. I started to go through the notes i had and realized that most had received DD's from other CV's or  the person deactivated etc. so i ended up purging all of my notes and decided to start over. So if you can forgive me please send your new DD suggestions for the Animal Plants and Nature gallery to me. I also will be resuming my "Putting the ART in #devART" series starting next month so keep an eye out for that.

Other than that I have finally finished my training at work and I am now working shifts ... which sucks in a way. I am currently doing a month of night shifts (11pm - 7am) and its rather difficult to get myself adjusted to that sort of shift since my body is so used to being asleep those hours. Sleeping in the day is a chore and i find myself taking naps more than sleeping my full 8 hours which makes me feel like i am wasting my entire day and not getting to spend time with people. I'm trying to find a balance so we will see how it works.

I'm also still working on trying to get in shape. My brother, sister and myself are all trying so maybe i'll be better this time. I've been walking 2 - 4 miles a day which feels great just need to keep it up.

I've posted some work recently and hope to post some more as well as get out with my camera which i haven't really had a chance to do sine i moved home.

For those of you who are not members please check out the groups deviant365 and projecteducate!!!
My sister-in-law has entered a contest and two of her entries made it to the final 12. But now she needs likes in order to win, so if you could please click the link below and "like" it she would really appreciate it.

CLICK HERE AND LIKE

This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconletta463: Letta463 is an artist by hobby with an interest in many genres such as photography and digital art.

Scheming Colours by Letta463Leaves Of Autumn by Letta463Grab My Glasses by Letta463Gwaine meets Monroe by Letta463

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:iconborednix: Borednix is an amazing traditional artist who is really new to the community, check out their gallery.

Nightmare 3 by BorednixEveColorP crop by BorednixForgotten Beauty by BorednixAiel by Borednix

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:iconpollywog123: pollywog123 is an artist of mixed genres who is also a fan of Vocaloid and The Warriors.

MY face. by pollywog123Lady Solider+ Sniper by pollywog123Reflection by pollywog123Journey by pollywog123

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:iconwishwas: wishwas is a photographer, animator and drummer by hobby who loves black and white works.

The stare by wishwasThe moth by wishwasSitting in the shade by wishwasShades of grey by wishwas

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by
#devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just
might see yourself featured here. :)
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart
project that the Community Volunteers work on monthly. The purpose of
this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's
Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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:iconravenguardian456: RaVeNgUaRdIaN456 used to make only sonic fan art but has branched out into the world of Fractals. using Apophysis.

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:iconeliantart: eliantART is an anime artist who also likes to vary from "cartoonistic" to realism. She is currently working on a rather large drawing of a dragon.

heart on the mirror by eliantARTContest line art by eliantARTsxyftgothic_OC_chibi by eliantART

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:iconmsnele: MsNele likes to vary their art and uses mostly MSPaint to create art with a bit of humor. They admit they are new and have alot to work on.

:thumb269317670:Fries by MsNele8-BIT Disco by MsNele

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:iconbeautasha: Beautasha Works in the traditional art genre focusing mostly on fantasy works.

:thumb177662943::thumb137805718:Victorian Woman by Beautasha

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:iconshadowtail567: shadowtail567 loves photography and most other genres but has only submitted their digital art work to their gallery so far.

Redfern by shadowtail567Clawstar by shadowtail567:thumb256328871:

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by
#devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just
might see yourself featured here. :)
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's
channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made
their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel
owners.

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This month is RetroZombie and #NaNoWriMo
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1) First off RetroZombie, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!
Well, it's hard to know where to start, without writing my whole life's story! On dA, I've tried to take advantage of the wide range of art that can be presented here to explore all of my creative outlets. So you'll find visual art of many varieties alongside prose and poetry. I've always had a desire, lying just under the surface, to pursue a career in something creative--usually I envision myself knocking out a great novel, buying a pipe and smoking jacket (no tobacco, though ;)) and living out my years as an eccentric writer of fiction. :)

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?
Wow… That would be over 5 years ago. There was a chat room that was, at the time, "the place to go" for writers--I can't recall what it was called, though. I remember imperfect and MinorKey were the Gallery Directors (yes Directors!) at the time. I actually didn't spend a lot of time there, I have to admit. It wasn't until later on that I plunged back into dAmn and found some rooms that were fun and friendly to be in. :)

3) What prompted you to create #NaNoWriMo ? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!
Well... as far as I could tell, there weren't any chat rooms dedicated to the participants in that exquisite masochism called NaNoWriMo. I had managed to get myself talked into participating that year (2007!) and didn't want to suffer alone. So, no, there were no other chat rooms that would do, and so I took it upon myself to make one.

4) When you created #NaNoWriMo , did you promote it, and if so how?
Hmmm... What did I do to promote it? As I recall, it was mostly via word-of-mouth at first, and then one of the admins heard of it and made it a featured room, about a week into the event. After that, it just exploded!

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in  #NaNoWriMo in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?
No, not really. The closest I've come to that was adding the "Word War" feature into the NaNoWriMoBot. That allows the chat participants to create impromptu contests as the whim takes them. Once the room took off, there didn't seem to be any real need to organize contests--besides, when you're trying to write 50,000 words in 31 days, who has time for a contest?!

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?
Well, I would encourage them to tell anyone and everyone who they think would be interested. Talk to the GM's that are in charge of the galleries that most closely match the theme of your room (if that's applicable). Groups didn't exist when I created #NaNoWriMo, but if I were creating it now, I would ask the admins of as many writing groups as possible to spread the word.

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?
I, unfortunately, haven't been able to be nearly as active in managing #NaNoWriMo this year as I have in the past, so I don't really have a good answer for that question.

8) Anything else to add?
As I said, I haven't been very active in the room lately, so I want to use this section to call attention to the true stars of #NaNoWriMo this year--the volunteer moderators:
Beccalicious who got the whole thing going again, for the second year in a row now,
KisayaMyst (who keeps a good weather eye on the bot, which sometimes decides to wander off to parts unknown),
AWaterFox (another good bot watcher ;)),
Caedy, Demonicsoul87, Flaming-Spirit, Molly-Snicklefritz, Op-Artt, Pola-444, Tannalein, and TheSkaBoss, all if whom pitch in to keep the room running smoothly; some of them returning from last year. Honestly, without this great group of people, the room just wouldn't be functioning at all this year. My role for now is resident bot mechanic, but the #NaNoWriMo moderators have kept the room alive and flourishing. If you visit the room, be sure and thank them for their efforts; after all, they're trying to write a novel this month, too!

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Thank you RetroZombie and everyone be sure to check out #NaNoWriMo on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for
the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the Community
Volunteers Team by noting the communityrelations group.
Hey everyone!

All week long until Halloween Thumbshare will be hosting awesome journal events and live chat events so be sure to check out our blog here

And poke into our rooms #Thumbsshare and #Trivia
Wow...

October 11th 2003 I created this account not knowing the impact dA would have on my life. 8 years later? I'm still here and loving it more than ever!

I hope to spend another 80 years (assuming when I am 106 i can still use a computer) here and involved in the community.

Things have changed on dA and so have I or atleast i think so. I joined 8 years ago to get help with my photography and to see what the fuss wa about since Ikue wouldn't stop talking about it. I haven't mastered photography yet but i think i've gotten better at it. I also found a niche for myself in 2004 when i started chatting on dAmn.

I just wanted to say thanks to dA and the community for making this an awesome place!

I gotta run... i'm at work so more later.

CommOps Chat is over!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 15, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Hurricane Irene

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 28, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Hurricane Irene


First off i want to say thank you to everyone that thought/prayed and wished me well this week and i want to let you all know that Chris, my family and I are safe.

In my last journal I told you all that we were given the order to evacuate and so my parents and I piled into my dad's church van and set out to my Aunt Beverly's house who lives in the city away from the ocean. The reason we were asked to evacuate was that my dad literally lives 10 feet from the ocean and with swells between 10 - 15 ft that put us under water.

Once we got to my Aunt's house the power was already off and the winds were kicking up as well as the rain. With the windows all boarded up and nothing else to do we sat in darkness listening to the updates from the Southern Islands that were currently being hit on the radio.

Alot of the reports were grim to say the least and other were reassuring. We heard reports from Mayaguana and Inagua of damages and loss of power and in Acklins an entire settlement got washed out destroying the homes of over 400 people. In Long island the reported the roof of my dad's friends church was blown off as well as other damage. In Cat Island every single power poll was blown down amongst other damage.

At this point Hurricane Irene was a category 3 hurricane but we had hope as it looked to be shifting to the east removing New Providence (where Chris is) and Grand Bahama (were i am visiting my parents) from the direct path of the eye (which can be the most dangerous part) but unfortunately putting Eleuthera and Abaco in dangers way.

Hurricane Irene continued this path for the most part and with phone lines still working Chris (who was staying with my sister and her 4 year old son) and my brother were able to let us know that their power was off and the winds were strong but things were okay in Nassau.

Not much was heard from Eleuthera and Abaco as the storm approached us and i sadly still do not know really what the condition of either Island is at this moment. Grand Bahama was spared the brunt of the storm though from the news the eastern side of the island (where my dad's church was) had severe wind and flood damage.

The next day Grand Bahama was given the all clear and my dad eager to get back to see the condition of his church piled us back in the car and we set out to see the damage.

There where down trees and debris in the roads of the city but nothing major to be seen. We set out on the 45 minute drive (this island is long) that it takes to get to High Rock Grand Bahama and we hit an obstacle. We came across a puddle of water (more like a lake) so without thinking i follow my dad's instructions to "Go see how deep it is" I took off my shoes and walked out until the water reached above my knee at which point i said screw this and walked back. When i got back we decided the waters were too deep to drive though .. until this much smaller van passed us and proceeded to drive through the water. After seeing them make it my dad was reassured that he could make it as well and we did... We hit about two more of these mini lakes and passed a few downed power lines on the way.

Once we got to the church it was obvious that the waters did rise up but not as high as they thought they would and both my parents home and the church were fine with the exception of minor roof damage bt we had no power or water.

We sat out on the rocks across from my dad's house since the house was hot and i while holding my phone got splashed with a giant wave ... soaking both me and my phone .. it still is not working sadly.

After three days we got water back and later that night the power was restored.

I am thankful that we were spared the brunt of the storm and my heart goes out to those who were not as lucky.

To those still faced with the storm i hope you all stay safe.


Well Tim is looks like we have a lot of screwing to do when we get home




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Dendropsophus luteoocellatus by dllavaneras:thumb254908021:Paradise Cove by dandelgrossoSunny Day On The Fields by RS-foto
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Safe

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 24, 2011, 6:18 PM
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Updates


Update Update Update

Thank you everyone for your concern and well wishes! After 3 days of no power and water (an 3 foot deep waters) we are back! I can finally bath and stop sweating!

I will give you all more updates after i sleep!
Update Update We are being advised to evacuate this settlement due to flood warnings and sever conditions. Not sure the power/internet situation will go though.

Update Okay so just got news that they may be cutting our power first thing in the morning to limit damage so i may not be around for a day or two.

Hey everyone!

There are some exciting things going on over at the communityrelations groups! Us Community Volunteers are busy busy beavers!

:bulletpink: New Community Relations openings can be viewed here

:bulletpink: A new round of Project Educate is about to start and you have a chance to help improve the project so head over to this poll and give your input.

:bulletpink: Do you know art history? Then ScENeYmE wants to hear from you! Head over to this journal to lend your knowledge.

On to my personal updates

As most of you know i have moved back to The Bahamas as of almost a month ago. I haven't done much since I've been home just relaxed and hung out with Ikue, however i have managed to get myself an job! I will be starting in 3 weeks at Doctor's Hospital in Nassau as a Medical Technologist. I am very excited ... not so much about the hours but the work should be fun.

Last Saturday i hopped on a plane with my parents to see where they live now on a Northern Island in the Bahamas called Grand Bahama. Its beautiful here and I've posted a few photos I've taken and have ton's more to go through. My dad's is the priest in charge of two churches here in Grand Bahama one in High Rock and one on Sweeting's Cay which you have to catch a boat over to. I'm having a blast here relaxing with my parents Monday when I woke up however I found out there was a hurricane heading our way... Sure enough there was and with no other option i have to stay here. So my parents and I are in the rectory with all the shutters on both churches and the house in place. We may have to evacuate though as we are right across from the water. Ikue Is in Nassau with my Sister and her son safe and sound as well.

Hopefully the will be minimal damage and i can travel next week to get back home. I will keep you all updated!

To everyone else in Irene's path STAY SAFE!

Also the below quote is my mom talking to my dad about us putting the bolts on the storm shutters... after saying it she turned bright red and started laughing ... it was a "total accident"

Well Tim is looks like we have a lot of screwing to do when we get home




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dA's 11th Birthday!!!

Mon Aug 1, 2011, 6:29 AM
Hey everyone!

So its the 1st of August and that means that in a few short days it will be deviantART's 11th birthday!!!!! So that means there will be tons of crazy birthday party stuff going on around dA here is a bit of the madness:

:bulletgreen: deviantART's 11th Birthday by Heidi
:bulletgreen:   11th Birthday Countdown by Moonbeam13 for all of the Community Volunteer run contests!
:bulletgreen: BirthdayBASH game by Tachy-on

Also if you haven't heard the news the MN@ and Gallery Mod teams have merged to form the Community Volunteers Team, you can read more about it here

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Are you a geek or developer and interested in the inner-workings of deviantART or what it takes to maintain a website as large as this?

#dt (deviousTechnology) is the department at dA responsible for coding all the cool features & squashing all the un-cool bugs. TODAY, July 19'th they'll be coming together in our #auditorium chatroom to answer some of your nagging technical questions.


So don't miss this opportunity to hang out with the geeky side of deviantART!

Check out (and +fav) THIS NEWS ARTICLE for all the details!
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In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel owners.

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This month we have uae4u and #SkyAndNatureClub

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1) First off uae4u, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Omran and I am from the UAE. I study computer engineering. I am interested in photography and especially nature photography. I photograph since 2005, and I now own a Nikon D80 and a few lenses and filters. I also like football (soccer) and video games.

on dA, I am a member of this community for 6 years. I own a nature group, SkyAndNatureClub, and I also help in many other groups. I am working on improving my photography skills, and I aim to become a prominent figure on dA :)


2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

I think that was in 2006, and it was this chatroom #emirates. I dont chat there much these days, but I remember it was a fun chatroom. Mainly a social chatroom :)



3) What prompted you to create #skyandnatureclub ? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

I created #skyandnatureclub at the beginning because I was aiming to strengthen the relationships between staff and members. I wanted to establish a communication between us and the members so that each one of us would know the other more, and so that we improve as a group.

Later, we started using the chatroom for activities and events. We've held a number of events in our chatroom and we've given lots of prizes :)


4) When you created #skyandnatureclub , did you promote it, and if so how?

We promoted #skyandnatureclub in the group's journals when we first created it. A link is also available on the group's front page. We would promote the chatroom every time there is an event to be held there.


5) Have you ever held any contests or events in  #skyandnatureclubin order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

Yes, as I said earlier, we've held a number of events in our chatroom.

Every year, in November, which is the month of our anniversary, we would hold many events. During our previous anniversaries, we've held events that included scavenger hunts, journal hunts, and questions related to dA and SkyAndNatureClub, with lots of :points: as prizes.

We once held a Feedback event in the chatroom in an attempt to get the members' feedback about the group. We discussed several points, such as the submissions process and the quality standards. The discussion was very helpful ! It certainly needs to be done every now and then.

We also held events during dA's birthdays. Last August, we had some fun activities to celebrate with dA, including mini-contests. One of the mini-contests was a stamp contest, and stamps had to have the number "10" in them, and they had to be done in a short period of time. We got some nice results ! :thumbsup:

There are the critique events that we've held, where the members would share their photographs and get critiques on them. Its very useful for the ones who are willing to improve their photography skills :)



6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

I would say first by join other chatrooms and participate in events, and then start with your new room. This gives you an idea of what you would do in your chatroom and it would help you avoid mistakes. Of course, that doesnt mean that you're allowed to steal others' ideas. You're not ! :B

If you'd like to hold an event in your chatroom, make sure you understand and know what you're going to present in the chatroom. Don't just go there without knowing what you want to say. Be prepared!

It also helps to have prizes for your events or mini-contests, so try to collect a certain amount of points for examples as prizes. Its not important of course.

Another thing is that if you're having a guest in your chatroom, you need to tell them what they're going to do in the chatroom. Let them be prepared. For example, if you're discussing a new feature on a website, and you invited this guest, then tell them to be prepared to talk about this in the chatroom. Its really not a nice experience to go to the chatroom not knowing why you were even invited ! :O_o:



7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?

Well, we've had the chatroom since before the introduction of the groups platform, but I can say that the groups platform made it easier to promote the events. Belonging to groups became easier, and now there are more members to know about the chatroom events.

8) Anything else to add?

I'd like to thank SkyAndNatureClub's staff for helping in the group and in the chatroom. Also thanks to all who participated or attended our chatroom events ! Thanks for the support :love: We are willing to held more events in the future :w00t:

and thanks to shuttermonkey for the interview :D


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Thank you uae4u and everyone be sure to check out #SkyAndNatureClub on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the MN@ at #MN-Volunteers.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart project that the MN@ work on monthly. The purpose of this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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First up we have EmoPizza

EmoPizza is a paper and pencil type of artist trying to branch out on to digital art. Here is some of their artwork:

Turtle by EmoPizzaWhat's This For? by EmoPizzaHummingbird by EmoPizza

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Next we have 1000maddy

1000maddy is a writer of poetry and a photographer, partially inspired by Suzanne Collins. Here is some of their easy ready.

A Stranger's LoveShe was tired of being broken-hearted.
She found a stranger who loved her.
She met him on the world wide web.
She was lifted from Earth with his "love."
She hooked up with him for 2 days.
She got broken hearted again, brought back down to Earth.
She thought he meant every "i love you."
She found out he says that to every girl.
She was just another victim of love.
She never thought it would happen to her.
A Tiea tie inbetween two.
one who hurts, the other who knew.
such a hard choice,
i want to rejoice.
the one who hurts,
seems so wrong,
to be hurt again,
but he I long.
the one who knew
shows affection now,
right before a 60 day break,
he don't know.
a tie in between two.
one who hurts, the other who knew.
such a hard choice,
i want to rejoice.
Sometimes....sometimes....
I gotta scream.
I must go crazy.
I try to dance.
I have to sing.


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Now we have D-Dage

D-Dage makes clay sculptures and got started doing so through a simple gift from their mom in hopes of giving them a hobby. Take a look at their handy work.

Triceratops by D-DageBaby T-Rex by D-DagePlasticine Mario by D-Dage

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Then we have EllaMacLeod

EllaMacLeod is a student studying Art, English and History. Their artistic interest is photography and pencil drawings. Here is a bit of their work for you to check out.

:thumb215055417:Squirrel Sketch by EllaMacLeodButterfly Sketch by EllaMacLeod

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Finally we have Transformergirl

Transformergirl is a sort of jack of all trades. They make digital art, paper crafts, writing and cakes. Check out their gallery!

Butterfly by TransformergirlPRIME by TransformergirlStewed Brains by Transformergirl

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by #devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just might see yourself featured here. :)
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart project that the MN@ work on monthly. The purpose of this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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First up we have Wenchman

Wenchman is a traditional fan artist who loves to belly dance even though its difficult. They mainly post their cosplay photos as they like to keep their art private. Here is some of their work.

The Family Portrait by WenchmanCome Hither, Wench by WenchmanStay Away From My Ports by Wenchman

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Next up we have Devoted-D

Devoted-D is a traditional artist who loves to draw small lave related comics and doodles. Here is a bit of their work for you to check out.

Love me...love me not... by Devoted-DTravel for love... by Devoted-DHeadaches... by Devoted-D

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Now we have i-eat-paper

i-eat-paper is a traditional artist who on occasion works in the digital media as well. They learned that they could draw as a little kid. But what really got them going was a colored pencil set they got in high school which sparked their passion for physical media. Check out some of their work below

Colored Lining by i-eat-paperSecurity by i-eat-paperOne Peach and a Juicy Half by i-eat-paper

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Next up is Vlahdimir

Vlahdimir is the creator of "sexy photomanipulations" according to another chatter. Be a judge for yourself.

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Finally we have Kristowis

Kristowis joined dA this week and stumbled their way into the chats. They are a self taught pencil artist who draws what they feel is cool at the moment. Check out what they have going on below.

Houses in perspective by KristowisGandalf by KristowisCandle by Kristowis

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by #devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just might see yourself featured here. :)
Hey everyone

Personal Updates:

I know I've been keeping you all updated but very sporadically so i promise to try and do better. I apologize in advance as this journal may get very lengthy.

Personally i have alot going on at the moment, in less than 3 weeks i will no longer be employed as at Florida Hospital. I feel sad in a way as i liked my job and the people there but on the flip side to this is that in less than 2 months i will be moving back to The Bahamas. I am so excited about this i didn't know it until the beginning of this year but i miss my home. Up until then i thought i just missed one person there, but i realized that while i miss them the most ... i just miss the familiarity of it all and the difference in culture and my family and i never realized how alone i felt sometimes even though i have friend around me. So while there are alot of nerves involved with this move i am also extremely happy. I just wish i could figure out where to start with all this moving stuff ... i just keep procrastinating about everything involved with it. I haven't found a job for when i move back but i have faith something will come up until then i will just enjoy the idea of being home.

I was also given a sort of wake up call recently.. to give some background i've always had weight issues but i try to exercise and eat relatively healthy most of the time. Well about two weeks ago I woke up with a weird feeling in my chest which persisted throughout the day. After being told by my sister who is a nurse i went and got it checked out only to find my blood pressure was extremely elevated (or so the doc put it) 170/110. So i spent the afternoon in the ER getting check out and with my EKG, chest x-rays and lab results all turning up normal i was sent on my way and told to monitor my pressure all week and see a doctor on Friday. Well i did and it was still elevated but no as bad as that day... and the Doctor Friday decided i have Hypertension ...at 26. It depressed me at first but with both my parents being diagnosed with it when they were fairly young i guess its just genetics. I am currently on medication for it with the hopes that with diet and exercise i can get it under control and in a month be taken off the medication. The doctor believes its stress related and with my move impending and my mother recent hospitalization i can see why. So i've been working on it.

Otherwise my life is going really well no complaints just alot going on. How are all of you?

dA Updates:

I've got some updates for you all dA wise as well.

First things first dA has been updating the Forums!!! Check out the hq here. Some of the updates have already taken effect (since i am late with this) so be sure to check out the forum page!

Also the #MNAdmin and #help chatroom have been consolidated so please use #help from now.

The MN@ team have also recently had some big transitions with Narfmaster, mackattack23, leaf-lover, Xerces and Oukan returning to the community and itsfrits and abutton joining the team.

Here is a few of the MN@ News Articles from the past weeks:

:bulletgreen: Forum Features #17 - May: Fire!
:bulletgreen: I Came, I dAmned, I Founded [15]
:bulletgreen: Putting the ART in #devART Vol. 22
:bulletgreen: The LOL Corner [#110]

I'd also like to pimp out the deviant365 project! Its a fun way to get involved with the community so check it out!


I think thats it for now, later guys.
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In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel owners.

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This month we havecooley and #IamAnthro

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1) First off cooley, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

Well, my full name is Ginger Cooley. I’ve been a member of deviantART (dA) for seven years. Early on, I noted a lot of the art on dA was created digitally, so in 2005, I purchased my one-and-only Wacom Intuos 3 digitizing tablet. (:devkhrainos: even fixed if for me a couple of years ago, so I could keep using it!). matteo supported my early works, and as I became more active on dA, I found the support/resources I needed to hone my developing digital art skills. In 2006, I got my first Daily Deviation (thanks to oedalis), which gave me a lot of confidence in both my art and the community on deviantART. I wanted to get more involved, and in 2007/2008, I became the Gallery Director/Moderator (along with skifi, and after briteddy resigned) for the new [at the time] anthro gallery. This is also around the time I established the #IamAnthro chat room, to create a hub anthro community members interesting in networking with each other.

Outside of dA… I work full time as an administrative assistant/technical editor. As a part time student, I am earning a master’s degree in Cultural Resource Management (archaeology). Prior to my current studies, I was a student of photography, which gave way to my bachelor’s degree in Photojournalism and Public Communication. I spent my first college years at Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington studying 3D animation for video game design. (I developed a profound appreciation for animation, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.)

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

#devart was the first chat room I visited, but only briefly b/c it was a little overwhelming. I can’t remember being active in  many other chats early on. However, Marker-Guru, jeriweaver and I formed a now-defunct chat room called #modsquad. This was where I learned how to manage a chat room, which served as my foundation for running #IamAnthro. I also spent time in #botdom, b/c I liked the people there and they helped me with a bot I used in #IamAnthro.

3) What prompted you to create #IamAnthro? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

As I already mentioned, the anthro gallery was fairly new at the time I created #IamAnthro. Thus, we had few events or places to chat, despite a thriving group of artists who submitted to the gallery on a regular basis. As the anthro community grew, so did the chat rooms. However, many of the chats focused on only one of the many facets of the anthro community. I wanted to create a place where anyone in the anthro community could pop in and chat about their mutual interest in anthro-themed artwork, without subscribing to a particular sub-genre or in some cases, ideology.

Around the same time, I created the Anthro Challenge recurring contest  - which thanks to the diligence of numerous volunteers and contestants – is still running today. We struggled to find a way to spread news about the contest, as well as answer all the questions regarding the event whilst in its nascent form. Therefore, #IamAnthro served a secondary purpose as the place where contestants could quickly find the answers they needed, so that they could still complete their entries before the contest deadline.

4) When you created #IamAnthro, did you promote it, and if so how?

I promoted #IamAnthro in every way I could think of. Being a gallery director definitely had its perks, b/c I could post the latest information about #IamAnthro and the Anthro Challenge in all my news articles and monthly newsletters. The chat even had a brief stint as one of dA’s featured chats, which I greatly appreciated. We hosted numerous chat events, such as “Role-play Day” which became so popular, we later formed a separate chat room, #OfficialAnthroRP for those who didn’t want to wait until Saturday to role-play with their anthro characters. Kirona currently runs the role-play event and has created a group, Anthro-RP to manage it. (I urge anyone interested in role-play to check the room/group out.)

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #IamAnthro in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

Looks like I got ahead of myself when answering the earlier questions. To summarize, here are some of the events we have hosted in the past, and some of which still carry on today:
:bulletgreen: Random Quiz: At designated times, moderators ask random anthro-themed questions, and the first user to respond will win prizes such as points, subscriptions, and devwear. We still host this event. Ask lost-angle when the next one will be.
:bulletgreen: Role-Play Day: Every Saturday, we hosted a role-play scenario, where people could participate with their anthro characters. This event has been moved to a 24-7 RP room called #OfficialAnthroRP. Kirona is now in charge of it, and the related group, Anthro-RP.
:bulletgreen: Featured Guest: On occasion, we feature a well-known anthro artist as a special guest and welcome our members to ask them questions.  We still do this on occasion, though no special guest has been scheduled in the near future.
:bulletgreen: Anthro Educate: This is part of the dA-wide Education series. No Anthro Educate events are scheduled at this time.

:bulletgreen: Discussion: Discussion is when one of our moderators introduces a [sometimes] controversial anthro-related topic and opens the floor for discussion. No discussions are scheduled at this time.
:bulletgreen: Suggestions: We are always open to suggestions for improving #IamAnthro, the Anthro Challenge, and the :devanthrcommunity: group, which the chat is intimately tied to.

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

My advice is to talk with people who have experience moderating other chats. They are generally level-headed enough to offer solutions to common chat problems such as trolling, profanity, etc.

Chatroom managers should be intimately familiar with dA chat rules, and whatever additional rules one has set for the chat – enforce them well and keep the drama to a minimum. Also, chatroom managers should make themselves available chatters outside of the chat.  If the manager run into trouble with another chat visitor/member, most of the time he/she can find a solution (via the exchange of notes) without having to bring out the ban stick of doom.
I definitely think new chat owners should collaborate with existing rooms. Finding chats that have similar topics can help garner new chat members and facilitate the exchange of ideas. (Though don’t go stealing people from other chats!) I love to goof off in #IamAnthro, but I also try to be professional when it comes to managing the room. I will remind everyone that I learned most of this the hard way, and it was not fun.

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom? If so, how?

YES. #IamAnthro is directly tied to AnthroCommunity. We didn’t have groups when I was gallery director, so things like the chat, the Anthro Challenge, and the role-play event didn’t have an easy-to-access “hub” that connected them all together. Having the community-relations sponsored anthro chat room, #IamAnthro, tied to the community-relations sponsored anthro group, AnthroCommunity, has been one of the best things to happen to the anthro community. We have a growing audience at AnthroCommunity that can easily find anthro news, chat events, dA-wide activities, etc. by visiting AnthroCommunity. We should all be thanking Katmomma and shikokumaji for their work creating the AnthroCommunity, b/c we wouldn’t be able to tie everything together like we can now.

8) Anything else to add?

lost-angle founded the group, IaAMod to aid in managing #IamAnthro. It has been a wonderful tool for keeping track of visitors, members, seniors, and kicked/banned users. It has also served our volunteer staff well, allowing them to easily find information they need to moderate the chat as fairly as possible. If you are an #IamAnthro chatter, I suggest watching the IaAMod group b/c we post all chat rules and chat-specific policies there.

I’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped create and currently maintain #IamAnthro, #OfficialAnthroRP, Anthro Challenge, and AnthroCommunity.

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Thank you cooley and everyone be sure to check out #IamAnthro on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the MN@ at #MN-Volunteers.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart project that the MN@ work on monthly. The purpose of this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart bimonthly.

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First up we have beauvoirian

beauvoirian is a writer who like to scribble down everything from short stories to long rambling essays who secretly longs to delve into photographer.

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Next we have BridgetGirl

BridgetGirl loves to paint her favorite dA artist is Wulff-Arts.

SAILOR MOON by BridgetGirlBrezz and I by BridgetGirlNew ID by BridgetGirl

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Now we have DarkMio

DarkMio makes typography as digital art. I like the style and the work behind this and it helps sine he can't draw a straight line with a borken hand.

QUO VADIS by DarkMioWIP QUO VADIS by DarkMioShining by DarkMio

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Next we have Jaxx4Life

Jaxx4Life is a graffiti artist who like to make personalized artworks inspired by their art teacher to become better and describes their art as unique.

:thumb208821292::thumb208916541:Nyree Graffiti by Jaxx4Life

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Finally we have Skylight72

Skylight72 is a photographer looking for critiques on his work. Skylight72 uses a regular digital that has the macro setting on it and is looking forward to getting a really expensive camera for their birthday.

Tulip with girl in the back xD by Skylight72Trees :DD by Skylight72Tree :DD by Skylight72

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by #devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just might see yourself featured here. :)
In this ongoing series of articles, we probe the minds of some dAmn's channel founders to find out what makes them tick, how they've made their room a success and what tips they can provide to budding channel owners.

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This month we have Jio-Derako and #ArtistTree

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1) First off Jio-Derako, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!

Well, I'm your fairly standard 22-year-old male, hah. I've been doing art in various mediums since an early age, and nowadays my focus is on digital art in various mediums (3D and 2D alike). I've been homeschooled my entire life, so that's given me a good deal more free time than most to work on art, writing, and of course internet. :aww:

2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?

I didn't actually start using dAmn until three years after I joined dA. Once I did, I jumped rooms for a very short while until I stumbled upon #DAcademy, and I pretty much stuck there once I found it.

3) What prompted you to create #ArtistTree? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!

#ArtistTree was actually a joint endeavor; created in the wake of changes to #DAcademy's chatroom (most notably, the chatroom was closed-off almost entirely at the time). The reasoning behind the "closing" was sound, but there were of course a number of regulars who disagreed with it, so a temporary room was made. One thing led to another, and #ArtistTree was born a short while later, with the aim of being both a room to share and receive artistic advice, and simply be a lax place for artists to hang out when they weren't necessarily working on art.
The chatroom wouldn't have come about without the efforts of a number of deviants, but I'd especially like to single out CrypticManifestation for his hard work getting things rolling (and Goombah11, for his contribution of the chatroom's name, hah).

4) When you created #ArtistTree, did you promote it, and if so how?

I suppose we were pretty lucky when it came to promotion on the new room; with a number of us having already been regulars in the previous chatroom, once things moved along into #ArtistTree we already had a good number of deviants in there. Of course, there were plenty of journal updates from the members, but we were on dAmn's main page almost right off the bat, and had new members stumbling in within the week.

5) Have you ever held any contests or events in  #ArtistTree in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?

Oh, definitely, we started off with events pretty much as soon as I'd created the group to go with the chatroom (which happened pretty close to the start of the chatroom; I was especially excited to start new projects back then). If I remember correctly, we had a few weekend speed-theme challenges within the chatroom (artists were given a theme, then allowed two hours to create their entry), in addition to a couple of bigger contests spanning a couple of weeks; probably our biggest ones were the "ConceptJam" events, where artists would be given a concept (first one was "Protagonist"), and then asked to make a deviation every day over the course of two weeks on that concept.
Things have been quieter lately as far as events (what with summer rolling around for those of us in the northern hemisphere), but we have monthly and bi-monthly themes for the group as a whole, too.

6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?

Well, I'm probably the wrong one to ask in terms of advice, but I would definitely encourage deviants starting out with a new chat (or group) to get their friends involved; nothing works better at attracting activity than more activity, in my opinion.
Collaborating with existing chatrooms and groups is also definitely a way to go, though you definitely need to approach it right; understand that if you're asking another chatroom or group to help promote you, they're doing you a favor. :aww:
I'd also add to the "attract activity with activity" note; start right off the bat with activities! Events, contests... even if you don't have prizes to offer, challenge artists, give them something to drive at. (and of course, promote it like crazy.) Artists will join for the event, and if you're doing it right, they'll stick around afterwards because they enjoyed the experience.

7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom? If so, how?

The focus of #ArtistTree has - and always will be - the chatroom, but having the group account definitely helped out. In terms of administration, having a space to post announcements and discuss topics like rules and ideas is a huge boon. In terms of community, just having a space that's bigger than the chatroom's topic bar for making event announcements and the like is invaluable, and the gallery system makes it worlds easier to sort contest entries. It's certainly not a necessity - you can just as easily link to your own journal for contest rules and the like - but it just makes everything that much easier to keep sorted.

8) Anything else to add?

Well, just a huge thanks to everyone who's helped (and continues to help) make #ArtistTree such a great place to hang out; my fellow Moderators, our helpful team of Mentors, and of course all the artists who hang out on a regular basis and put the "chat" in "chatroom". I have no illusions of grandeur, if I had started this project on my own, I can almost certainly say that it would never have been the success it is now.
And of course, a big thanks to shuttermonkey for this interview in the first place, my ego has nearly tripled in size. (it was already quite large.) :aww:

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Thank you Jio-Derako and everyone be sure to check out  #ArtistTree on dAmn!

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If you are the founder of a chatroom and would like to be interviewed for the "I Came, I dAmned, I Founded" articles please contact the MN@ at #MN-Volunteers.
This is a continuation of the Putting the ART in #devart project that the MN@ work on monthly. The purpose of this article is to bring to light the artistic community within the dA's Official Featured Chat room #devart. With the great reception our last installment had we will continue with featuring new and unknown members of #devart monthly.

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First off we have artyscot

artyscot is a traditional artist with some very impressive pencil skills. Check out a bit of their art below.

Baby by artyscotJack Nicholson by artyscotBeyonce Knowles by artyscot

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Next we have Songbirdxx123

Songbirdxx123 is a poet songwriter passing through #devart looking for a way to escape boredom. Be sure to check out their poem below

The love is goneThe Hole in my Heart was caused by you
That was shot at me just like a dart
I always wonder if it might be true
You lie to me straight in the eye
I sometimes wonder about the things you do
I feel ur gaze and see your lies
My eyes are so lost inside of you
My heart has gone so very cold
My love for him is sadly gone
You think u have me in ur own
You are sadly on ur own


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Now we have Davven7

Davven7 is an artist who works mostly in the digital media but at times uses pencil and ink to create art. Their favorite subject matter is Fantasy/Realism as you can see from the following thumbs from their gallery.

The Beauty of Before by Davven7Sexy, Dangerous and Moving by Davven7Forcefully Together by Davven7

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Finally we have LoveIsMyWeaponx

LoveIsMyWeaponx is a photographer but also an appreciator of all art be sure to check out her art below and in her gallery

Conwy Falls by LoveIsMyWeaponxSpring by LoveIsMyWeaponxHolding On... by LoveIsMyWeaponx

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Thanks for taking a look.

Don't forget to stop by #devart for a chat with these and many more awesome users and you just might see yourself featured here. :)