I started in June of '07. Extract, partial boil, you know the drill All of my beers had the same flavor regardless of the recipe. I thought it was great at the time, but looking back it was terrible.
Then I started reading more and getting more into it. I eventually switched to AG, and my beers have improved considerably. Not sure whether that's due to doing a full-boil now or the AG process itself, but that's a subject for another thread.
I got into it because I love cooking and I love beer, so it seemed like a logical progression.