Thanks guys; you are right. There are countless MOCs that are more deserving than this. I think my trick was this: I worked hard on something that would be recognizable, and people liked it. I did the get your creations noticed thing when it was still climbing, so that really added a lot.
No offense, Alex, but people have added likes more than once, so it's kind of overrated. Not that it's bad, it's awesome, but the likes are just kind of inflated by people liking more than once. Still, awesome build!