I can't remember the exact reason I joined deviantART six years ago (on my older account), but I do remember that a classmate told me I should. So I did.
At first, I kinda just browsed, looking at all the art. Then I eventually submitted a few things. Got feedback. Tried to improve. Rinse, lather and repeat.
After a year or so, I took a break from the internet, dA included. I was more then happy to return though.
My story isn't anything special. I think the biggest deal would have been my account move. Other then that, it's pretty bland...unless you count some of the people I've met here. They make it far from bland.
Happy birthday dA. Thanks for the six years or so of fun and creativity. Let's make it many more to come.