I took up investing as a hobby and a challenge. I had my retirement savings handled by a third company and barely saw any growth. When I left my job I moved my savings in a Rollover IRA and took charge of my finances.
No one is interested in your investments as you are. With the vast plethora of resources available at your disposal, you can do ample research and due diligence from your home and make good investment plans.
I enjoy healthy discussions about companies I invest in and always welcome comments and thoughts. I avoid people who attempt to manipulate stock prices and are disrespectful in their comments, they easily go on my ignore list.:)