The following is a list of questions for you. If you'd like, answer one, two, ten, or all of them...but I'd love to hear from you.
How long have you into history?
What got you into it?
What was it that clicked inside your head that all of a sudden made you realize you had an obsession with the past?
Do you only study a certain era in history or all eras?
Do you only study American history or do you study world history?
Are you partial to daily life, politics, or wars of the past?
Whichever subject you chose (daily life, politics, or war), what interests you most about the chosen subject?
How do you do your research? Do you look up information on the internet or stick with history books?
If you research on the 'net, do you double or triple check the sources?
If by book, do you read multiple books on the same subject?
To what extent do you research?
If you reenact, why?
What makes you want to put on period clothing and subject yourself to ridicule by family and friends and strangers?
Is dressing in period clothing a want or a need?
How do you feel while wearing accurate period clothing?
How long have you been doing living history?
To what extent do you portray one from the past: mainstream, progressive, or hardcore?
Do you believe in time-travel?
Actual time-travel or mind-travel?
Have you ever experienced "seeing the elephant" while reenacting, whether soldier or civilian?
In other words, have you ever felt you were "there"?
How do you feel upon entering a period home?
Does the feeling change when entering said home while in period clothing?
I would really love to see you who are reading this answer any or all of the above questions in my comments section. Seriously. I think it would be interesting to note the similarities as well as the differences between all of us history buffs, living historians, or both.
Call it my own anti-scientific experiment.
Anyhow, thank you ahead of time...