If you seek you shall find your answers here. I'm a newbie to hammocking too. With some time spent here researching and with the help of meeting some HF hangers taking me under their wing and me asking a ton of questions. I'm purchasing my first hammock and tarp this week.
If you get a chance to find a hang in your area it will be much worth the effort to go. You then will be able to see, touch, feel and experience the gear in person.
Also you will get great advice and gain valuable knowledge from the hanger folks there.
Again welcome to the addiction, Cough, Cough, I mean Hammock Forums!
Take care, Happy Trails and paddling to ya!