Re: Your rooting interest
* whether your rooting interest in the Reds is at all related to the character, effort, and personalities of the individuals who make up the roster
Character - yes. For instance, I think Todd Frazier is a character guy and I root hard for him to succeed for the team. I liked when Aaron Harang gave back to the community.
Effort - Yes, The intensity of a Joey Votto at bat is something that I could watch over and over again.
Personalities - Again yes, I was raised on the Big Red Machine and loved their personalities -- Tony Perez on the star of the game show with Nuxie was one of my favorite things to listen to; This edition of the Reds has some personality as well, namely Brandon Phillips and Bronson. I like that they are not cut from boring jock cloth.
* whether, and why, your attraction to the team has fluctuated over the seasons
No. I used to sit in class in college and figure out Reds lineups of the future that would return the team to its glory days. While it was a tough few years in the mid-80's, my attraction to the team stayed strong. And when I moved out of the area, it also stayed strong even when the team stank.
* whether your affinity for the club declined or picked up (if either) after Griffey and Dunn were traded
No, since we couldn't win with them, I had no problem with them leaving.
* whether you believe that Jocketty’s penchant for bringing in players with evident character/leadership assets—Rolen, Cabrera, Ludwick, perhaps Gomes—has played a substantial role in the organization’s competitive upturn over the past few years.
Yes, and I'm a member of SABR. Numbers have a role but so does the chemistry of a baseball team. It's a season that runs from February to hopefully the end of October. While teams that don't get along and have bad guys on it (The 86 Mets) sometime win, its not always the team with the most best players that make it far in the playoffs. Veterans who can teach the young guys the way to do things are important to a team -- in fact I think that was part of the problem during the Griffey/Dunn/Kearns years. It wasn't always the talent level, but it was the ethic and way to conduct yourselves over the course of a season. Some of Jocketty's acquistions have helped teach this and I think some of the young players on the team have taken it well and will help re-establish a Reds way for the long term future.
Win the Division