As always, life has been busy recently. I seem to be stuck in a never ending cycle of Work -> Volunteer stuff -> Sleep -> Repeat, and this is the first time in a while I've had enough time and energy to sit down and concentrate on writing a journal.
Overall, life is ok. Work is going well, and I've now been there a little over a year. I'm still learning new things, enjoying what I do, and feel quite proud of some of the tutorials and booklets I produce.
After an initial string of problems, things are also going well with my flat. I'm well settled in, have all the things I want/need and I'm enjoying the freedom it gives. My attention has now shifted over to the garden, which was left in an utter mess by the previous tenant.
Whilst I don't particularly enjoy gardening, I am using some of the nice weather as motivation to tidy things up and make it a more enjoyable space.
With all that is going on elsewhere, I have very little time to think about making any emotes. But I do keep an ear to the ground to see what the community is up to.
The emote community is my family - always has been and always will be. It's not had the best of times over the past year, but to steal a quote from Stitch "It is little, and broken, but still good."
I am happy to see that it is on the mend. A few dedicated community members (special shoutout to a-kid-at-heart - because he's awesome) are trying to kick start things, and I'd like to take a moment to promote some of the awesomeness:
If you browse the actual emoticon gallery, it is full of nothing but miscats. Whilst we can't tackle that problem, the community can feature the new submissions elsewhere, preventing the need to dig through 997 spam deviation to find the latest submission.
Be sure to check out their March round up which features a range of submissions and the latest emote news.
a-kid-at-heart has also taken on the job of kick-starting the Opus. For those who may not remember, this is a community run emote contest group. Every 2-3 weeks a new host is appointed, who runs a contest through the group on a theme of their choice.
This group has been around since 2007, and has seen some fantastic contests over the years. I am really happy to see it re-started, and look forward to seeing the entries for the newly launched contest.
One of the other long standing groups, Emoticiety is also making a come back with a fun new Easter Contest. With some fantastic prizes on offer, it's definitely worth looking at.
And not to forget Emote-a-Day which features one emoticon a day. This could be a brand new submission, or something from 10 years ago. It's a great way to see some fantastic emotes from the comfort of your inbox.
If you're interested in emotes the groups above offer a selection of resources and opportunities to feature specific emoticon types.
I'm not sure if there's a better example of community than this awesome piece. Go check it out!