I was a new pool owner last year, and fortunately I found TFP before opening my pool and heading down the wrong path. I have religiously followed TFP methods since July of last year, even through the off season in NC (warm enough I kept pool going). I do have a SWG but I commissioned the pool with bleach, muratic acid, ash, etc. and since that time, have only had to add a little MA from time to time. I bought the TFTestkit as I live near them, and Rebecca even delivered some replacement chemicals to my wife in an emergency (mud in pool).
Anyway, to get to the point, shortly after the pool install, we began to develop some sizable craters under the liner due to the concrete collapsing. The pool company agreed to repair this season (doing so now), and replace with a new liner. The new liner is going in as we speak with water delivery this afternoon, but in talking to their main installer tech, he commented, that my pool is the cleanest pool he's ever seen, and the clearest water. I told him about TFP and how easy and inexpensive it is to maintain a pool.
So a shout out to everyone that helped me last year, and a congratulations to the methodology as a whole...when a pool company is envious, you know you're doing something right