"how/when/why you first decided to give hammocks a try?"
Hangin' noob here... I was on a week long trip to Texas this July... laying on the ground in my backpacking tent... sweating like a polar bear and thinking 'there's got to be a better way.'
Bought my hammock not long after returning from that trip and I've been out hangin' a couple of times now. I've got at least 5 trips between now and the end of the year. Sleeping in a hammock is a joy compared to a tent.