A handful of authors started off as readers and/or members before stepping up to being published here. Chad Waterbury, Nate Green, me, a couple other folks I can't think of off the top of my head. Pretty sure even Chris Shugart started off as a reader wayyyy back in the day before getting involved with the working side of things.
Anyhow, you know I think your article was awesome. Definitely looking forward to more in the future.