As a fairly new addition to the LEGO fan community and to building again after a long absence, I think I'm ready to start building off the map and I have accumulated at least some bricks to make a good go of it. I also know where to get them. I'm not ready yet to create my own MOCs, but I want to explore advance techniques in other folks builds.
There are a lot of sources out there, some free, some for cash, for building instructions. My questions are essentially...is there a checklist of MOC sites? Do you more advanced builders have recommendations of what the best resources are? Who are most/least trustworthy as far as purchasing from? What are things to watch out for when buying a set of instructions? Any good free resources that might be off the beaten path you may want to share?
Thanks for the help if you choose to step in. I had asked for some advice on books in regard to building techniques in another section and it was great. This whole community at Brickset has been hugely helpful on my journey.