I dabbled in chess starting in school, and "got serious" in the '90s when I started playing rated chess. I thought I would get better by reading theory and fancy books, and never progressed very far. Sure I've occasionally bagged an 1800 USCF ELO player, but for the most part, I've vacillated between 1100 and 1500 USCF ELO. My correspondence varies between 1300 and 1700.
Aside from competition, I have contributed to several chess organizations and this has been very fulfilling. If you have never volunteered for your chess organization, you should consider it. It is usually hard work, necessary work, and it improves the lives of many including children, the future of our country. Please consider volunteering.
The last couple of years I traveled extensively and pulled back on OTB chess. Now that I can start playing somewhat consistently again, I want to actually get better.
This blog is my quest.
Clerk and Marketing Director, MetroWest Chess Club
Director, Correspondence Chess League of America