I've been active on a few forums since 2008, and in 2010 I got the urge to try and make my own forum. I thought "man I would love to own my own community, have my own rules, etc." So I signed up over at Forumotion, and made a Pokemon forum. That's what started it all! I later moved on to working on self hosted forums after someone on Forum Promotion mentioned that self hosted forums are better than free hosted ones.