Two years ago, I delved into the mecha franchise Macross. This year, I finally got around to doing the same with Gundam.
The primary reason as to why it took me so long to get to familiarizing myself with the franchise is because it was so damn intimidating. With nearly twenty separate series, several timelines, and passionate conflicting opinions from fans, it was difficult as to where I should even start. I also missed Gundam Wing when it aired on Cartoon Network, so I was missing a popular piece of nostalgia that many of my friends have. (Though that's not a problem anymore.)
While I completed 00 and had started Seed last year, I didn't like either of them much and hadn't really immersed myself in Gundam at that point. It was only until the 08th MS Team where I finally started warming up to the franchise, and after completing Wing and War in the Pocket, I was sold. So yeah, a bit late to the party, but I'm finally a Gundam viewer and fan. (Though I refuse to watch all the newer Gundam stuff. It looks like shit.)