My first hammock experience I had was back in 1989 when I was working on an oil tanker. We spent a lot of time in South America. One of my buddies on the ship made rope hammocks. It was so hot down south that I started sleeping out on deck in my hammock. Much cooler that way and awesome sleep. My hammock was stolen from my backyard several years later.
I replaced it with a cheap string hammock but it was not comfortable at all.
Several years past... I always camped in a tent (I still have three) I only go to a tent when camping with my son as he doesn't have a hammock. I started researching alcohol stoves. I found Tinny's Minibulldesigns site and hung out there for several years and bought lots of stoves. I met forum members PS and Shug over there. PS told me about hammocks and I watched a few Shug videos. Lurked here on HF for a while then joined. Been enjoying the whole hammock life since. I love to get out for solo hikes and ovenights and I video a few of my adventures. Now I spend quite a bit of time hanging out on the Forum and I always see items that can be re-purposed for ultralight hiking.
Got my Forum name from a nickname I have from my Scuba Diving. (part time instructor) All my gear is black except my blue fins.
That is how I got into hammocking.