I feel you. I was really reluctant to move to DA as well. I remember when DA first came out and a lot of elfwoodians moved to it but I didn't. I didn't like the community as much, it seemed too much about bling (favorites, flashy icons, etc) and not enough about giving and recieving helpful CC.
But a couple years later I felt obligated to join the bandwagon to DA. Elfwood was dead, the community of people I so enjoyed vanished to new pastures. Without them, I saw no reason to stick around. The people here at Elfwood were always what made elfwood what it was more than anything else. When they left, I left.