September 27, 2007. To that date, my best MOC was a "Full Size" Clone Trooper's rifle from Star Wars.
December 20, 2010. Things have changed.
I'd like to credit the start in my increase in LEGO skill to July 15, 2008, the day I joined MOCpages.
Without MOCpages, I would be stuck back at LEGO.com as NickBrick729. My building would be limited to stacking bricks. I wouldn't know what SNOT is or the 5:2 ratio. I wouldn't get the feedback that I really needed to improve the next MOC! I wouldn't even be calling them MOCs!
Let this be a lesson to the newbies here on MOCpages as well. It took me three years to get to where I am at now. THREE YEARS. You're not going to be a professional LEGO builder in a week on MOCpages. Build and doodle with bricks, learn how others build their MOCs, and leave criticizing comments to help other builders grow their skills. Don't say that you'll never be as good a builder as someone else on this site. You will.
Please don't mention it, Nick, it's a small thing to comment!! Thank you for the encouragement though. You're quite right, you don't become a great builder overnight. Guys like you are a great inspiration to noobs like me! Wish you the best in college, and don't put down the bricks! -AG
Happy MOCiversary! It looks like you were a pretty decent builder way back then though, too. Thanks for acknowledging me, it's good to know that my input has been appreciated. That's why I do it, after all. :)