Oh, one more thing, I forgot to add that there's probably an element of wanting to connect with like-minded people who shared part of themselves openly, but feeling like having missed out on that.
In my case it was never so strong like you've mentioned OP, but I kinda felt that way a little bit about a couple of cool people who seemed to use drawing and story telling as a kind of way to just contribute and be social, rather than be hardcore furnuts. Also, the same for a couple of talented musicians in the MOD scene/community (tracker music). There were a couple of really talented artists in my area, but I never contacted them, and now they're gone from the Internet.
How long have you been "around", OP? Were you browsing those account 15 years ago? Also, why do you call yourself by such a demeaning name?
It's okay, you can tell me… I am a dog.