So, I just registered for CA and looked at some sketchbook threads.
What. The. Heck. I've been drawing all the wrong things for three years. EVERYONE here is better than me. I started drawing with the intention to become good enough to draw the characters from my stories, but that eventually turned into the desire to become a professional artist, and I've recently realized that starting out on manga was a HUGE mistake.
So now, I join an elite site with amateur art so that I can actually make something out of my art "skills." At the same time, I want to improve my loli-ish manga style into something likable by more than just a small percentage of art fans.
I operate on a low-end computer and an Intuos4 tablet, but most of my drawings are done traditionally, as my sketches in Sai and Photoshop usually don't turn out to my liking.
As of now, I'll start my journey into a professional career.
EDIT from November, 2011: Until somewhere on the 3rd page of this thread, the above statement is a lie. I was gone for almost a year and recently returned because I realized just how valuable this site is. I hesitate to associate myself with anything I posted before then.