I can definitely relate to the feeling of looking back and saying "wow, I feel much different about tea now that I have been a member of teachat and read a lot". However, I still feel there is a lot that confuses me or is still in the dark. Knowledge is a strange thing, it seems silly and endless but I also feel I can have a greater appreciation for tea (or all things) as a result of knowledge.
Black tea is in my blood. Assam with milk is like too special to me. Always has been and always will be. But this board had me work all the way through Chinese teas to Japanese and now all the high end tea i drink is sencha only
My preferences keep changing all the time, but one thing that hasn't changed a bit over the years is my love for finicky, brisk Darjeelings and some oolongs. Everything else just comes and goes (back into storage).