It inspired me to animate and draw. Really hone my craft in art. I also like to critique, and sometimes I feel like I can lend helpful constructive advice to some of these authors. Professors have said you can learn more by teaching, and in a way I kinda started trying to do that through my reviews a couple of years ago.
"Why didn't this scene work. Why wasn't it funny? How could it be better?" and in the process of elaborating, I kinda illustrate better in my own head on how to do that which I'm advising.
Sometimes its just a matter of a quick boost of inspiration like, "if this guy could do what he did in this amount of time with the same resources I have available, then what could I do?" and I keep coming back looking for reviews and observations that I hadn't noticed or opinions that are outside of my bias.
The forums, it's just fun to dick around and socialize in that way. Every once and a while, I'll just get to vent out and troll a little, have some fun with photoshop, and just goof off...kill some time......
...but admittedly I need to be spending less time on the forums and more times animating. Its been too long, and I don't want my only legacy being referred to as "The Dick Neck guy."