Some pretty basic stuff that’s probably true of a lot of keeb enthusiasts:
I used to like Cherry MX Blues and Browns a lot, and couldn’t decide which I preferred. I still vastly prefer either of them to a generic mush-mat, but after discovering plenty of more interesting options over the years, I don’t find them so novel.
I was firmly in the TKL camp for a couple years (despite never using the nav cluster - familiar comforts, I guess), but these days I almost never use anything bigger than 65%
Depending on what I’m up to, though, you might find a dedicated tenkey and/or macro pad alongside whatever compact layout I’m using. I rely on the nav keys quite a bit these days, too. At this point, my favorite layout is 65% with no blockers / 1u keys to the right of space.
This render of SA 1965 on the then concept-stage Kira 96% is really what hooked me into the hobby proper. I still want to build that - so if anybody has the numpad kit for 1965 I’ve got all kinds of stuff to trade… Anyway - I’ve always been into layouts with no spaces between sections. A 96% might be a little harder for me to get used to and would likely spend most of its time sitting pretty on a shelf, but the 65% is just right for me to daily.
At first, I had no interest in linears whatsoever, and I really disliked the first silent switches I tried, but these days silent linears are probably my most oft-used type of switch.