I've used the forums extensively over the past year as I learn the art and science of beekeeping. It turned out that any question I had, someone already asked and a dozen people answered. Our bee club president claims that if you ask 5 beekeepers you'll get 6 solutions for any problem - how true that is!
I started three 8-frame hives from nucs last summer, one of which I know has survived so far. I took advantage of my rural location and placed my hives well apart on the edges of an old field that's bursting with wildflowers and goldenrod. I love the bees, I love honey, and I love mead so beekeeping is essentially fueling my alcohol habit. I have four gallons of fall flower mead and one of saffron mead fermenting in the back room from this year's harvest.
I'm also a freelance science writer, come late to the profession. I'm focusing right now on bee articles for the general, I-don't-want-a-beehive, public for Examiner.com. So if there's a misconception about bees that you wish the non-bee type understood, I'm happy to consider it for an article!