I am glad that printing is being discussed. I started printing a few years ago when a client gave me an unused Canon Pro-100. It has been a great learning tool and has successfully wet my appetite for more. I am looking into upgrading to a larger printer later this year. Since I have been teaching myself, there has been a great learning curve and lots of trial and error and expense. Paper, inks and software upgrades have paid off and now I can get a consistent good result that closely matches my monitor.
While it would be great to eventually enter prints into a competition, I would be most interested in meeting up with folks to share printing experiences and learn from each other. I feel this might be a good place to start.
Perhaps after we get consistent results and are happy with our prints, then we can talk about entering N4C events and other things.