Well I guess I must tell my story too now
I first heard about Nimiq in June 2017 on the crypto board of a website famous for its frogs (among other less glorious things), totally by accident. I read the OP, just googled “nimiq” and clicked on the first result (nimiq.com).
At that time Nimiq was still in betanet but it was already super cool:
You could run a node, mine, use your wallet and even send money through a link and all of that without installing anything.
Before that I was only familiar with the super stark and clunky experience of Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets so having something so easy was a mindblown, to see a blockchain run like that into my browser while being decentralized, it wasn’t just some buzzwords and sales pitches that you saw in so many other alt projects, just something that worked.
I could definitely see everyday people using it (in contrast to Bitcoin which was only something for people already very comfortable with computers).
I then slowly began to be more involved in the community, trying to spread the word as much as I could and two years later here I am .