I've always had a keen interest in television, which started with movies and later TV-shows. It would be a very long time before anime came to my attention. It wasn't until my 2nd year of college that I was introduced to anime as a medium, not counting 1 or 2 shows that were broadcast during my childhood days. Just like no doubt a great number among you, a good friend got me into watching Bleach (after unceasing badgering, I might add). After that I was intrigued, so I decided I'd try something else to find out what this medium had to offer.
Not long after, I watched Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" on a whim. My slight interest turned into determination to find out if there were more surprises like this in store for me. I hadn't experienced fantasy animation on such a level before, being completely swept up in the world.
As I was a completely new to this and anime isn't discussed in the slightest where I'm from, I started to explore the many various genres of anime. It quickly became quite clear that some of those were absolutely not what I'm looking for, while others I've outgrown slowly, but surely. It was during that period that my preference went to movies, which resulted in a large part of my current list being movies. Sadly it's come to the point where my options are decreasing, having seen all of Satoshi Kon's work, all of Miyazaki's (and most other Ghibli's) and so on.
I've met quite some people through this newfound hobby over the years, and with their help I've indeed discovered many more interesting shows, for example the works of Yuasa Masaaki. As a natural consequence of getting into anime as someone in their twenties, through maturing and experiencing some shows that have set the bar high, my current interests have grown rather limited, the shows I pick up every season will be few, if any at all. I feel like there is a pressure within the community to watch several shows to be part of it, but somewhere along the way the original purpose of enjoyment gets lost. I'm no longer taking part in trying if there's no immediate appeal, as it only leads towards a dislike of the medium altogether for me. As such, I am only sticking to the few shows that I thoroughly enjoy.
I got into reading manga much longer after. It's been a rewarding experience to read the works of those I already knew and loved, as well as to discover other talented people that have created masterpieces to my taste, like Lone Wolf and Cub and various works of Naoki Urasawa. Some works are so incredibly immersive that they earn a spot on my favorites solely for this reason, like Tsutomu Nihei's "Blame!" and Katsuhiro Otomo's "Domu".