I've taken my time and have now formulated a response to this.
I joined Newgrounds ages ago, essentially just to comment on things I liked, favorite games, and be a stupid twelve year old. Years later, I started to give animation a try, because I really liked Ren and Stimpy. I avoided Newgrounds because I thought my cartoons at that time were too crap for this site, and would just get blamed. Once I got a little better, I uploaded some small loop files and they got the reactions I expected. Some guys thought they were funny, others didn't see the point to them, or thought they were an autistic waste of 30 seconds.
I later learned about file compression and decided to take a shot in the dark and upload one of my older cartoons. I was so nervous, I actually went back and cleaned up a drawing that bothered me in it, just to avoid getting shit. I put it up and was actually so over joyed to see it on the top of the "Best New Games & Movies," list, that I took a screen-cap of it. I even got very positive feedback comment wise, aside from some who didn't like butt jokes. Those individuals however, were still constructive about everything else. It didn't actually get featured, which I never expected, but the fact that on that day, Tom actually took the fucking time to promote my cartoon, as well as several others who didn't get a Daily Feature, sparked something in me.
Hell, I personally thanked him.
That little push for my first non loop cartoon was enough to make me fall in love with this site, due to its genuine support of its artists. This encouraged me to keep uploading some old stuff, as well as to continue posting cartoons I had recently finished. I have a screen-cap of every cartoon that got a daily feature. I even use this site as a resume almost, because I'm genuinely proud of what I've put here.
I don't want to regress into bragging now, so I'll stop gloating on successes. The point is, Tom, this site, and its community have kept me going as an animator. I've even received a few PMs encouraging me to gun for art colleges, just based off of things I said in responses.
I'd like to see this site succeed and continue to succeed, because its one of the few websites right now, that I genuinely like. I don't expect to make a living off of my internet cartoons, I only want to keep doing what I like, with a community that I like.