I've gotten plenty from the dA literature community already. Perhaps, far more than I deserve and likely more than I've given back. In 2013, I mean to balance this out by getting more involved in community events, sponsoring more contests, providing more critiques, and mentoring young/beginning writers however I can.
I'd like to participate in events that bring new people and ideas together! I want someone to change my mind about things, people to argue (the friendly way) with, and to talk about writing as a craft. Finding pieces to critique and talk about are awesome activities.
The meet and greet thing seems like fun, but I don't think there have been any in my area? Expanding that type of thing could also be great.
I've never actually participated in a chat event... By the time I get the message that they're happening it's several hours later, or they're for times I am asleep. I keep meaning to do those critique events, too.
Arguing is the best! I learn so much from talking with people who don't agree with me. As much as having people on your side is nice, it can be a bit lethargic. I guess it's good for refining already held views, but not for challenging them.
I'm Pacific West Coast, -8. I tend to think that DA has a kind of East Coast Bias, which is understandable but a little inconvenient. I'm also a big baby when it comes to getting enough sleep, so events that I could conceivably stay up for get skipped.
CST. Haha, the problem is where people are--Australians tend to get completely screwed no matter when, it has to be earlier in the day (super-early PST) for UK, and then the US/Canada span, what, six timezones? It's a pain. And sleep is fantastic