I've known this day was coming even before I started drawing ponies. I am a member of the LDS Church, and tomorrow I will be leaving to start a 2 year mission in Tennessee. During that time I will not be able to keep up with the brony community, let alone create and upload art. It saddens me that I will not be able to keep up with ponies, but I think it will be worth it anyway. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Season 3 opener, and have high hopes for the coming season. I do not believe ponies will die off while I am gone, and I will be excited to jump back into it when I return (provided future me is still down with it. Don't know why he wouldn't be though). This community has brought forth so many amazing things and unveiled hidden talents in myself and others. I realize I have a tendency to lurk here and be very quiet overall, but I have treasured my time here.
Don't wreck the fandom while I'm gone. Best of luck to you all.