For me if you are not cosplaying at least once a month you are not a true cosplayer. I am a guy that loves to cosplay and is still new to making them but gives it his all.
Mainly if I am not cosplaying I am catcxhing up on my Manga and Anime or playing on my PS3 Games or doing my facebook.
I first got interest in cosplay when I was to Yu-Gi-Oh Tornament that was at the London Expo no less in 2007 and found out it was on twice a year and and decided I had to go to it as a bit of a anime fan.
I looked the expo up on Youtube and found Nightwing dark (now tonyo times) and his vids showed soon many great cosplays I wanted to give it a go and I have not looked back since.
Best thing for me was when I made and wore orignal cosplay of my own.
The best about cosplay if mainly the same for everyone and i think that is doing something different and having fun while doing it.