I first saw FreshBrain around a year ago, I think. I was really enamored with the concept. Needless to say, however, I wasn't enamored enough to take up on all it offered.
The first time I encountered the fun of digital creation was back in fifth grade. You know Neopets? Ridicule it all you want now that you've outgrown the paintbrushes and faeries and petpets, it was and remains an amazing medium for exposing kids to the world of HTML and graphics. Yes, I heedlessly and clumsily tore apart codes or scribbled over art, without giving credit to someone's hard work; but I learned to love that feeling you get when finish producing what was initially all thought and vision. I hope that is enough reward for whoever I stole from so many years ago.
But I got off-topic. Yeah, it was fifth grade, and I imagine if I had kept on I would be an amazing fledgling artist by now. But however much I learned to love digital creation, I also learned to relish MMORPGS and classic video games and chatting; and then I learned to cram and study and go to competitions about science and math. Somehow or the other, my scribbles and pixels and simple CSS codes were buried as naturally as Neopets was sold to a big corporation fond of overt advertisement.
By now, I'm already looking at colleges and wondering what to write for my college essay. At the same time, however, the memory of Neopets is calling me back. I will prep for the SAT like a demon, but I also will rediscover that passion founded so long ago. Slowly, gradually, and with moderation--but I will. That's my resolution for this summer.
Hammy words aside, that's why I'm on FreshBrain. I plan on using this blog to document whatever little objects of my rediscovery come to be, so that even if nobody reads it, at least I will have a nice record to look back on one day.. probably when I have my midlife crisis.
Cheers to Neopets and FreshBrain!