Have you gone to conventions?
I live in the middle of nowhere and I know of nothing awesome I can get to :(
... I have at least one con pencilled into my schedule indefinitely.
What size cons do/did/would you go to?
Medium-sized ones. Not small enough that everyone knows each other, but it's still pretty easy to meet up with people without trying too hard.
Huge like Otakon :(
TICKY CHOICE IS BEST CHOICE.