Forums are good ways of learning fast and you can find people who are learning and doing same thing as you. It is a good way to meet others in your niche who can help you.
Vukasin Ilic's insight:
Over the past few years, whenever I had some problems that I didn’t know how to solve, I was directed to some forums where I can nicely ask for a solution from people who were gladly offering me help in every situation. You are completely missing out if you don’t leverage forums.