hi, nice to meet you. when i started on my path 7 years ago, this was the first site i found and it helped me a lot. it wasn't until recently though i started using the forums, it's a great place to ask questions, be careful though, sometimes if you asked a certain question [becoming a mystical creature for instance] some people might bark at you, but don't take it personally, they're just annoyed.
i enjoyed sifting through the spells, it helped me decide for myself if a spell could work or not simply by logic. the articles are really good too. personally, i didn't join a coven until my 3 year, and sadly it's been shut down, but my point is, if you do not wish to join a coven, it's not a mandatory thing, same offline. blessed be ^_^