CGHUB is no more. I guess most of you aren't bother but some people take it way too serious. Here are a few simple rules I follow over the years to keep my mind safe:
1. Save all the stuff you like. Now. Put it on your hard drive, burn on CD, print it out... whatever... just don't expect you'll see it online for the rest of your life. Pinterest, Evernote, Dropbox yada yada are nice but you don't own them. Use them but have a safe local vault too.
When I see cool picture I save it right away - 'right click, save as'
habit goes on autopilot. I've got only 236 favourites on dA but my local dA storage has over 12,000+ images (chances are I've got your scribbles too
2. Organize. It's a quintessential, super important skill. Doesn't matter if you're student or busness owner. Say if you dump all your images into one folder, good luck with finding specific image later. I build a simple folder system to sort out my stuff. When I paint armor I just scan the armor refs (FSViewer). When I need some smoke and fire... well, you got the idea.
3. Learn some tech. Nowadays we rely on technology a lot. You read this journal because of tech. You won't need to go geek and build RAIDs or home clusters with Arduino whitz (unless you're an IT dude) but sometimes you'll need to resurrect
deleted data or download an image from website that doesn't allow it. (hello blog.naver.com
And if you are an artist I've got some more tips for you:
4. Run your own site. Even if it's just a simple page with your name and work samples. Some artists moan they lost all portfolio and contact info with cgh shutdown. That's my friends the price for your laziness.
5. Have some alternate places you actually cherish. Please don't create a blogspot or tumblr because everyone's doing it. It's annoying when artist post a wall of see me... like me... follow me...
links that leads to half dead or abandoned pages. Howdy folks, this is my fist post
and then... dead silence. Not good.
You may follow up with Stop chasing the hotness
article on ArtOrder though but keep in mind, it's quite a controversial topic.