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Okay, here goes...

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2014, 1:41 PM


Many comments have been made, many people have hauled off and jumped and are now wondering what is really going on, many tears have been cried (at least by me cuz y'all--y'all are mean. Enough said about that, it doesn't matter. I wish everyone all of the best and more.

I would like to take a few minutes to say two things:
1) Many have come through DLD and been better in this literature community for it. Dedication and hard work helped forward their already progressing talent. Not me, not Will, not Lili or any other running administrator--just dedication and hard work. We have present and former hats, badges and most of all the owners of coveted Daily Deviations; all have come through here and I am damn proud to have been a part of the sacred space they passed through. I'm sure the sentiment is shared by many, many others.
2) I've been checking on this account for the last two years and have not seen any real growth that directly effects the literature community in a positive way. DLD has been doing the same things--rote, yes contributing to the success and exposure of unknown literature (though many of the same people seem to get recurring DLDs including staff members which has ALWAYS been a big no-no in my book) but not furthering its place in the community. No regular and new/exciting contests, no excellent forum management, no group oriented projects to contribute any number of things to the community, no outpouring of support for ongoing projects like FFM, Not-For-Sale, NaPo/NaNo, etc and so on, hell--no daily answering of fricking messages... there were one thousand nine hundred and sixty-two messages in the inbox when I came in to take down an article the other night. Basically admin has been enjoying the benefits of DLD rank and not running the account in the way I and others (especially Lili) worked so hard to lay out. Admin isn't just the fun of suggestions and the hardest of work when you get none and the recognition for being a part of something special--admin is every nook and cranny plus room to grow and give more to the lit community on dA.

That was my plan, that's what I spent near 24/7 doing for more than two years until we finally had a team that could function as a unit. This is all my fault though. MINE. I, in 2 years, have not had the wherewithal to step in and correct the errors, support the running admins as a team player and set it all to rights. My life interfered. My plan to close began to itch at the edges of my mind. DLD became stale and I did nothing but make an executive decision that pissed my most trusted admin off and got bent. Then I hastily--should have stuck with my gut instinct and just took that down and left it alone--posted the history. But no--I told the story as it had been told to me and announced the closing all in one breath. I apologize. There was a better path and I missed it. I only hope to be forgiven by those that seem to be hurt.

More later on how to leave the account sitting so the exposure for all in the past is still there and then there's the issue of points...

“We have art lest we perish of the truth.” –Nietzsche

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LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No! DLD helps others get recognized; it's a big honor! Can't another group be made like this one just for spiffy features??
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Shadowkat678 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't something new be made???
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Wordeea Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
not cool at all to have removed all the devs that got DLDs in the past ... especially after saying you wouldn't. not cool.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A lot of this is my fault. I just got too busy with RL to have time for dA. I still don't have time, even for this very important discussion. But I am sorry that I didn't hold up my end of the deal here. I've nothing but respect and love for everyone who has been a part of this project, no matter what happens with the account. :heart:
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I love you Lil, I'm sorry she goes down in flames. I got backed into a corner and we know how that turned out. Thank you for all you have done for DLD! You and me and Elaine and Kaz and some of the other girls rocked some girlpower on this ship before I sank her...after I set her on fire and killed all the passengers...
I should feel bad about that...ok I do. Good times, Good things will be remembered! :heart:
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Sigra-Othdeshegra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I, for one, do want to thank you for being involved in this ongoing project and for featuring me a few times. This whole thing inspired me to fall back into my writing and continue to embrace what I can bring to the table. (Even if I don't post much of it online.) I plan to continue following with the new group and I am sad to see this end, but I can't say I don't understand. Thank you. Thank you so much for all you and everyone else put into this.
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I'm glad that DLD helped you--that was the  (one of the) point. Thank you for your comments, we all appreciate them. :heart:
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dietcocaine Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014   Writer
I don't really totally understand all of what's happened - nor do I particularly want to hear all the gory details. I said I wasn't going to involve myself in this, but I read this journal, and from what little bit of this mess that I know, I just wanted to offer my two cents worth.

I do not see the sense in closing DLD. At all. I understand (and somewhat agree) with what was said above, about it being stale, about nothing changing or progressing, but I don't think that's a good reason to shut down what has been - just in my opinion - a really great group. It would make more sense, to me at least, to try to fix this stagnation. Stir the waters, so to speak. If the issues addressed above are the real reason for all this drama, then it doesn't seem to me that it's really that huge of a deal. Patch things up, move on, and try to build something better with the foundation that's already here.
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Aerode Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I apologize for any rude behavior  I may have shown. I regret acting out of emotional fuel instead of from a rational standpoint. I appreciate all that you and DLD have done for our community, and I wish you the best. :iconbowplz:
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
I appreciate that but there are no apologies necessary by those just out to save an institution they love. I thank you.
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