Well as of this morning I've passed 1,000 deviantART watchers, and now comes the hard part, because I've got to verbally describe how much you guys mean to me, and I'm not good with words...
You see, the very first day I moved out of my parents' house was August 1st. I moved into an apartment with a pretty good friend of mine and he has his... fallacies... but I can withstand those just fine. It was great! First night we were there we broke it in like any newly free college freshman would. We partied!
The first half of August was like this, my life to this point isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination. I have a nice easy job, a (standard, but fairly nice) car, and now I'm free to do whatever I want without my parents chaining me down. I suppose there's still the fact that I've been single for a good while. But I try to not let that bother me.
Anyway I go to these parties and come back absolutely smashed. Vomitting all over the place, forgetting certain events, and one other thing involving my best friend's ex-girlfriend that I regret more than anything in my life. But that's a story for another time.
Browsing Know Your Meme one day (as I had for many days) I notice that ponies are everywhere in that site. Like any other brony story I wonder what exactly the big deal was with these ponies. I mean the art style looked nice but so do a lot of cartoons. I decided to give it a good bit of research, and I actually waited a few days before I decided to give it a try.
August 10, I watched the first two episodes and I didn't notice anything particularly special about it. I remember I wasn't too fond of the whole "breaking out into song" thing at first. (funny how now Pinkie Pie is my everything.) But I kept watching, now that the two part saga thing was over. Like everyone else, it grew on me from then on, and I started doing more research on the show and its following.
I'd recently started using reddit at around this time, but I made an account to upvote, make an occasional comment, and view the front page. After one day discovering how to find other subreddits, the very first thing I tried was /r/mylittlepony.
Needless to say, I became hooked. I started checking Equestria Daily and even made a deviantART (which was a big deal for me. Been doing photoshop since I was 11, never occurred to me to make one) As time progressed I started to recognize the community and became familiar with some of the familiars. I would post the occasional deviantART post, get some replies and some upvotes, and I would upvote and comment on as many posts as I could. I got front page here a couple times, and #1 spot once and on Friday nights I would post some sloppy sketches of Pinkie wellwishing redditors goodnight. Being unprofessional and unpopular, they had flaws that I wasn't too concerned about... except for posting the whole comic a week early. Which was why I made a second followup comic to the first one to correct that.
Fast forward a week later, I decided it would be best if I made it look a little nicer, draw in Pinkie with color and make it look... better.. I submitted this to EqD that same night and I was surprised when they gave me a whole post for it. Got me a little recognition and some praise, and I liked that. I decided to do the same thing the next week and practiced drawing other ponies. These ponies became guests in the strips, and a lot of people liked noting Pinkie's fourth-wall shattering abilities so I decided to center the comic around that concept. I decided that every week there was a new episode, I'd try a new guest. And even when there wasn't a new episode I'd practice the new pony part layering system I'd been drawing and developing in Photoshop.
The trend continued the week after Nightmare Night and Skyrim's release.
The past several months or so I've been doing these comics, I've got an amazing amount of love and support from just about everyone who read them, whether they come from Equestria Daily, reddit, or here! Even the criticism I get is helpful and constructive. There's no better feeling than posting a comic late at night, and waking up in the morning to praise and compliments before joining a synctube channel to watch the episode with some of the same people who are motivating you to continue doing what you love.
Which is why I wanted to thank you all. Can't possibly mention you all by name, but know that each and every one of you has helped me improve the overall quality of my life since August. I'm making rational decisions, doing better in school, working harder at work, enjoying my free time more, as well as many other things.
I find it harder and harder to be depressed. I've realized that when the time comes, I will find the perfect lady and that I shouldn't go around just expecting it to happen at any moment. It'll happen when it happens.
I seriously love you guys, and knowing that I have the support of all (or, at least, as many as there should be) of you makes me want to try and return the favor in any way I can. Though the limits of my reach may be... well... rather limited, I'll still try my best to put out Pinkie comics every Friday night on time.
TL;DR: You are the best thing that has happened to me in a long time.
With the largest increment of love I can possibly send,