Around 2013 I started using an Apple Extended Keyboard II (that brought back childhood memories—I think I used them in school for Oregon Trail and Glider). Then I got into self builds with an original Ergodox from one of Massdrop’s kits. I already had some electronics experience from school and 3D printing by then, so it just seemed like the thing to do. From that I’ve learned that I like medium-to-somewhat-heavy tactile switches (the clears on the ergodox are now 68g ergo clears, and I use Kailh coppers for gaming), am on the fence about clicky, and can hardly go without being able to use hjkl for cursor movement (qmk ftw; I never really got the hang of vim other than hjkl). I’m currently working on designs for a bluetooth ergo-split and a 12-key macropad with low-profile switches.
So far I’ve mostly lurked on r/mk and geekhack but learned a lot doing so, so thanks to everyone else for not lurking.