From: New Jersey
Hi & welcome!
You picked a good group to start with, especially if you're nervous about showing your work. Everyone here is very supportive. I felt the same way about showing my work to others but gradually got over it. I've still never had the nerve to take my work to a gallery & have only been in two shows (one of which they contacted me), so you're ahead of me there! I'd think it would be much harder to take that first step in person.
Anyway, I agree that you should get the paid membership, there's lots more available to you!