I'm not really a 'group' person, and have always had a difficult time getting involved in interest groups. Awhile ago, I, for some reason, was motivated to join the HAF group, and I'm so glad I did!
I've always felt very welcomed and encouraged by the members and have never felt isolated from the cool kids, like I usually do in other groups. The chats, support, suggestions, and frank answers are a refreshing change and an invaluable resource.
If, as an artist, artisan, or crafter, you're looking for a new home with a multitude of strengths and interests, definitely check out the Handmade Artist Forum. It's a hub for discussions, advertising, community, and you can even put up a shop, if you so desire.