Some of us have posts in the 10's of thousands...and that's just here, there are many other ski forums around the web. Do you feel that having been involved has made you a better skier? Has it made you more knowledgeable? Has it helped you in other things other than skiing? Do you enjoy all that is skiing more as a result of your participation? Or has it been quite the contrary?
For me all the positives above hold true. I have gained immense knowledge both from doing my own research to participate in discussions as well as learning from others. Whether it be technique, where to go, what to wear, what to look for in a good ski, participation has been pivotal. Some of the best heated debates have brought up some of the best hard knowledge. As a result I have become very entrenched in all that is skiing (if it were not such a volatile industry I would probably get involved business wise), even when I am months away from seeing snow and have not seen a mountain in weeks. Whether this is good or bad in my life outside of skiing is up for debate and will depend on who you ask. I find that when I speak to people in person that supposedly know a lot about skiing...all of a sudden realize how much more I know than they, this is largely due to my participation on ski forums.
Edited by Richie-Rich - 3/29/11 at 10:14pm