So, I've decided. I'm going to pack my bags and leave deviantART.
Slowly, over the next 6 months or so as the rest of my premium membership runs down, I'll be building up the website ernston.com
and migrating all my pictures and artwork there, and removing them from here as I do so. The website is still immature as of now, but over the next 6 months I'll be building it up until it's a complete content management system.
It's been fun, but I feel like deviantART isn't a good place for me to stay anymore. There are a bunch of reasons - mostly to do with customization and changing things, like the CMS in general being relatively complicated and inflexible, me wanting total customization control over my website layout, the fact that you can't edit or delete comments, and a bunch of other unrelated things that I won't elaborate on because I can't think of them all at the moment. The combined effect of those reasons was to reduce my activity on deviantART altogether, except for the minimal amount of things I could do to put my art up and look at other peoples' works.
It's funny, really - the reasons I'm doing it are far removed from the typical reasons for doing so - most people leave because of incessant flamers and critics and general stupidity and whatnot, but I've never really had that problem.
I've had this thought before, but this is the first time that I've actually been able to act on it by starting my own website for which to host my creative works.
I'll keep this account around mostly for legacy reasons, but for all intents and purposes it'll be inactive from here on out. I'll still be around as a lurker, but I won't be logging in to this account.
See you soon.