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Posted by Linkerluis - November 27th, 2019


Today marks the 10th anniversary of my first attempt at creating content for the internet. Only Two days before my actual birthday, I’ve always considered as the day I was “born” as an internet artist.


I still remember the feeling of excitement while sharing a poorly drawn scan, because at the time, I thought I had just made the funniest thing ever and you were going to love it… only to immediately realize that things weren’t that simple and that I needed to push myself beyond what I had experienced until then.


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Colorized English version (With help of Google translate), Uploaded November 30th, 2009


It sure hasn’t been all fun and games, but it’s been quite an experience.


During this decade I’ve met some wonderful people, but I’ve also had to say goodbye, I’ve got pretty sick, I’ve overcame my fears (And created new ones), I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I learned proper ways to do digital art, I’ve refined my second language (Not free of mistakes here and there), I’ve discovered options to financially sustain my artistic labors, I’ve been outright banned or suspended for my art, I’ve left Newgrounds and came back, I’ve failed after succeeding, but I’ve also succeeded after massive failures.


Any regrets? Yes. I regret that many times I let fear dictate what my actions would be, afraid to try something out my comfort zones, Afraid of the future, hypothetical outcomes, afraid of losing what little I had achieved. While yes, some of those bad outcomes could’ve easily happen, most the times, that wasn’t the case.


I’m bit disappointed at myself and my artistic choices for not creating anything of a cultural significance, or something particularly memorable that could be enjoyed beyond a particular moment, and after all this time, still not being able to connect with you through my ideas as I intended… after all, I called myself “Linker” for a reason.


Yet, looking back, I don’t regret the path I took. I already know what the other path had for me, and let me tell you, I didn’t miss anything.


A wise man said to me around that time, that, just because I loved what I do, that wouldn’t make my goals any easier to achieve, and he was right… there’s still a long way for me to go.


Where will this next decade take me? I don’t know yet, and while my spirit is not as the high point it was when I started this journey, I’m still not ready to quit.


Thank you for being around and making my silly dream a reality.

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Posted by Linkerluis - December 4th, 2018


Back when Tumblr deleted all my blogs, including some very innocent gaming ones about two weeks ago in the so-called "Tumblr purge", I noticed how some of my friends and people that I followed got their accounts back pretty quick, and some weren't even affected in the first place, and it just left me wondering: What did I do wrong? Did I deserved this? Was I considered a toxic or unwanted member of that community?

As days went one, and not seeing any signs of getting my account back after trying to reach Tumblr's support, I started to think that would be it, and only a handful of artist were going to be struck by the ban hammer from the site... "Just my luck". I'm a nobody, so I can't make enough of a noise to force them to give me my account backs like I've seen some social media influencers do in the past, it's pretty much a lost fight.

I resigned my hopes of getting my accounts back, and I didn't see much point of starting a new one if it was going to share the same fate, so it was time for me to move on. 

It wasn't until recently that we all got the news that this was just the beginning of an even bigger event, one that would affect a massive group of artist and creative people that were just trying to use their talent into something that is considered Taboo or shameful by normal social standards. 

It's not the first time that I've had to face the unfortunate event of losing something dear or valuable to me, feeling defeated by a major failure perhaps to then having to start all over again, and the worst feeling I believe is just that one of being powerless or insignificant over that even, like you're all alone in this and you have no control over the situation, and when you try to fight back when you have no resources, no reach, no power, no level of influence, no one to support you, it feels like there's nothing you can do to change the situation on your favor. Because let's be real, If it was only a group of smaller creator that were affected by this, nobody would have really cared and people would have moved on without us, some didn't even noticed what happened the first time, they were already moving on, I saw it, you can't say that wasn't the case XD 

I'm not saying that I'm happy that all of this happened, I'm sorry that you lost all your hard work and tears invested on the site, I'm sorry that you lost your +40,000 followers that you worked hard to reach, I'm sorry that some of you lost content so suddenly without being able to back it up first, I'm sorry that you lost all the fun interactions that you had with people you met over the years through asks (arguably one of the best features of the site)... but if you want to see a positive in all of this, At least we're all on this together.

When I found out that almost every user from Tumblr was going to be banned for one reason or another I couldn't help but laugh, not because of all the things we were losing, but because of the ridiculousness of the whole situation, and seeing how almost everyone of us was under the same problem, it gave me some extra motivation to just... work. We're all on the same boat and conditions, let's keep on going, we still have the same level of skills as we did before, we haven't lost everything.

I'm already making some friends that I wouldn't have met if all of this didn't happen, hopefully I'll meet new ones through this post, and maybe you should do the same, at least this is bringing the community closer than it was before and that's always a positive, we're not gone, we just lost a platform, together we can rebuild everything, on any place, or any Newgrounds.

 


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Posted by Linkerluis - December 2nd, 2018


Can anyone recommend me some artist to follow on the site?

Despite knowing the site for years, things have changed quite a lot, so I'm basically starting again I don't know exactly where I should be looking at.

If you could leave your suggestions in the comments maybe I could discover some new artist that I've never met before, that would be fun.

You can't recommend yourself, that's against the rules! XD but you can recommend a friend or a friend could recommend you.


Posted by Linkerluis - November 23rd, 2018


Don't mind me, just testing the system.


Posted by Linkerluis - November 21st, 2018


It's crazy that has been almost 9 years since I left this site... 

I guess that many things have change during that time, so we'll see what new things await for me here.

Hopefully people around would be more accepting of me now than they were back in the day... I mean, I wasn't the best animator then, but most of those comments I got were really uncalled for ^^; 

 


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