Many have written about the benefits that joining a local society might bring. I am not going to reiterate what has been written. I just want to say that in joining a local society, you open the door to many new friendships with those that you might never have met.
Also, any genealogy gathering is a great idea. I love spending time with others that have the same obsession as I do. The best thing is that they do not get the glazed over look in their eyes and they want to hear about your successes and your failures. We each have something to share that can be a great teaching moment for someone else. You just might not know it at this point in time.
Please, take the time out and make some connection in Real Life with local societies and groups. If you live in the midwest and have not heard, we are having a get together at the end of March. If you want more information, please leave a comment and I will get in touch with you.