I've been at this craziness for 26 years now.
1.) researched in 19 different states
2.) published a two volume book
3.) written several articles for Genealogy Today website.
4.) made numerous presentations before genealogy groups.
5.) attended several national and state conferences.
6.) researched for clients [paid & gratis].
7.) written several articles for the Prall Family Newsletter.
8.) served as an officer in a handful of associations.
9.) joined several associations.
10.) attended the Salt Lake Institute 16 years in a row.
11.) I've made a lot of neat discoveries!