I'm not big on shipping groups, but I do respect people's interest. I was never into Ash+Misty's relationship when I was young, but I did have a feeling that there's something between these two. The reason why I'm not big on shipping is because of comparisons that it leads to these fights on the internet that it gives shippers a bad name, I don't find them bad people but every fan base has it's obsessed/mean ones. As of course I understand that by reading Hakajin's tumblr, don't worry I don't go into arguments with them. I didn't even know about Misty's departure from the series in 2003 as I grew out of Pokemon then and discovered that episode one night on TV six years later and I thought that was the end of Pokemon, until I saw 'Hoenn Alone' and then some random AG episode, but I didn't hate it I just didn't care for it then (AG). I've seen some of the AG, DP and of course BW episodes now and it's not that bad, yes I think BW is really not bad but it wasn't great.
I do wish though we have more development from Misty when it comes to her purpose. Why does she want to become Water Pokemon Master? and Why does she hate bugs? It would've strengthen her character more, like Dawn, May and Iris' backstories. I don't read a lot of Pokeshipping fan fiction but there is one Fanfiction I recommend reading. It's called 'Family Matters' and it's focused on Ash and Misty's family with three children named Adien, Michelle and Elizabeth in the future. They have nice stories and it feels like something you see in the anime. There are other stories by nyislanderfangirl as well, Pokemon related.
I'm not a bad person, I just have my own opinions. I don't hate anyones interest in Pokemon fan base and I respect them equally. I don't like comparisons in pop culture as they're different from each other.