I must admit, there have been some shows that I have shied away from because it was popular. One of these being Ah! My Goddess. I just recently finished it and it is one of my favorites. I guess however popular it is I will eventually try an anime out, but having an anime that is "all to yourself" is also a really good feeling. Im not sure how many of you have seen shows like Saikano or Last Exile but both are supurb shows, much better than most of these popular shows that most people talk about. Suzuka is another one that comes to mind.
As for my sig, I think Naruto is cool, but I find it lacking in the story line department too much fot it to be called a great anime.