In Other Worlds
In a week, I'll be losing the star next to my name here. I think I've had it for about 4 years now, and to be honest I don't think I really used it much. I would also get other friends premiums during the annual winter "buy one, get one" sale, but I don't think they quite took advantage of that either. It leads me to believe that I won't miss it that much, but I suppose like all things that you've had for a while you don't realize what you liked about it until it's gone. I think the only thing I'll miss is this nice journal skin with cherry blossoms, but I never really journaled anyway.
It makes me think about how much has changed in this site over the years. I started out wanting to hand around with some people in the Trauma Center fandom, but coming into college I started getting serious about poetry. That was back in the good ol' Version 6 days, which, in the grand scheme of DA wasn't really that long ago. I remember when groups first came out, and Rhyme-and-Reason
was one of the first I would frequent, back when it wasn't a ghost town. Back then I was ~reader2951, tilde totally necessary of course. Somewhere along the line I think I bought my first premium and received the coveted asterisk, only to find out I didn't really know what to do with it. Perhaps the best was finding this skin, and being able to change my name here to what it is now, to have a more unified Internet presence.
Since then I've met a lot of friends, had some cool features, read and seen some wonderful art, and the occasional critique or two. I think I'm very content here. People come and go, the site morphs, but the good art that comes out every day is just as good as that which came before it. It's quite a nice place here. Just wanted to air out in perhaps my last cherry blossom journal as *Parsat. I shall miss the blossoms.