College student, used to only watch long-running shonen series like Dragonball and Naruto, but then I realized... they're incredibly base and repetitive. So I got into One Piece, and that's now the new standard to compare shonen to. Unfortunately, that means my old favorite Bleach looks retarded now, but I guess that's progress.
I began to watch shorter series, beginning with some popular seasonal shows. I looked for highly rated anime when I stumbled upon a recommendation from a friend--ARIA. Before, I would've called this boring, but at that time, I was just coming into the domain of less action-y shows and more sentimental ones. This, of course, is when I joined online forums to get my discussion fix. That got me to Random Curiosity, which blogs the more current "seasonal" shows, and the rest is just me watching whatever looks good in the seasonal schedules.
At one point, I knew more Japanese than my friends. Those said friends got into anime after me, but took the initiative to take Japanese in high school, while I stuck with Spanish (which wasn't useful at all). I took two years of Japanese in college and now I'm hooked on stuff like Clannad, Geass, Gurren Lagann, and Hunter x Hunter. Man it's so good...
And here we are, five years into my "serious" anime journey (excluding the dubs I saw on Cartoon Network as a kid).