Why I support Chess.com
I am an electrician by trade, I have been for a number of years now. I didn't know what I was going to be growing up, sure I had my fantasies. Mainly of heroic figures (i.e. firefighter, police officer, etc.) none of those came about. I was brought into this trade by a friend when I needed a job and it appealed my natural abilities, so I stayed with it. I then proceeded to get my contractor's license and my state certification and have gained a decent reputation as an electrician. But as I reflect back, my true love is photography. I didn't pursue it when I should have at an early age, when i could have made it work for me. Maybe that was a blessing, maybe not, I will never know. I am trying to slowly do more with my photography now, but am trying to keep things in perspective.
Now you may be wondering why I told you that story. The reason is this, Erik and his team of developers have truly impressed me, and that doesn't happen too often. If you pay attention to the level of involvement that Erik and the others have in this site, and read all the member input, you will see that they truly love what they do. That to me is something many of us may never feel for the work we do for a living. I can't speak for anyone outside the United States, but here in the US most of us aren't doing what we love.
Erik has most likely spent countless hours developing this site to what it is today and continues to improve upon it. That is a huge gamble, because of the fact that he offers free membership to play and interact here. Personally, I love playing here, I have played people from all over the world, of all different ages, and for less than the price of a tank of fuel for my truck, I get the opportunity to support someone who is doing what they love. My compliments and gratitude go out to you Erik and your team, keep up the great work! I hope that if you haven't already purchased a membership, that you consider it, it is not wasted money I assure you. See you on the boards!