Yes, I've gotten alot of hassle about it. But it is there for good reason, I don't want people stealing my photos and using them as there own, I do have one without a watermark. Also I just is the link from my DeviantArt to post the photo, so the watermark is on that so I'm not actually uploading the image
I'm not qualified to say either way. I think this is one of those things you like if you like that kind of thing. Personally, I enjoy looking at it... but that's as much input as I can offer.
I also hesitate to mention it because I know it's a point of contention here, but I personally find your watermark distracting although you did tone it down quite a bit. I initially though it was vertical banding, but then realized it was a watermark.
Hey, everyone starts some where, just take the images you have and make them better, see what you think you did wrong or as someone, then redo the image in a similar fashion and try to fix the mistakes
I don't know. There are so many great photo's on the web, why someone would nab my stupid shot would be beyond me. They can have them, I just don't give a crap. Heck, I will send them the raw file if they email me.