I'm an American Go player located in the Pacific NW who was introduced to Go via Hikaru no Go in 2007 or thereabouts. I tried playing netgo, but I found it baffled me because it's not hands on the way sitting in front of a goban in person is, and I gave up.
Then I attended Sakura-Con 2012, discovered I had a better grasp than I thought I did, and decided to stop listening to the brainweasles saying I couldn't be any good, and keep my hand in. Now, I play as often as I can, and have a fascination for working out tsumego.
I'm, obviously, still kyu-ranked. Perhaps someday that will change!