Getting started in DIY can be very hard, especially if you don't have the skills yet or the connections to people who are already into the DIY area you're interested in. At least that was the case for me and 3D printing.
The frustrations I had lead to the project behind AtlantisDIY: tools and resources to help anyone learn and make anything they want. The hope is that others that are new to DIY will find the pointers and stories here useful. Right now the primary focus will be around DIY 3D printing, but I'll spill over into other areas from time to time.
The plan is to reference resources on the web, to pointers to articles or other blogs, to how to find folks in your area that might be interested, to some of my own adventures. Feel free to point me at resources you've found or with your own stories for how you started getting connected to your DIY community.
I'll close with first posting with a recent lesson I learned. The nearest community to DIY 3D printing appears to be the DIY robotics folks. After all, most of the sub assemblies, controls, and construction skills are also used within robotics. So if you're interested, check out your local robotics groups. I found in Seattle that the Seattle Robotics Society even had a talk about it and I met up with a couple of others that have been building their own printers.