There has been new surge in local area affiliate meetings. These are a great place for affiliates, new and experienced to get together and share ideas and experiences, without feeling intimidated or the expense by going to big conferences and not really knowing anyone. With the local meet-ups you get to know someone that does the same thing you do and are local, plus it gets you out of the house for a little bit and maybe even get some new ideas in your head.
Other upcoming affiliate meet-ups are:
St. Louis on October 21st
LA on November 15th
Check them out!