I started out on 简体字. Recently, I began learning characters' 繁 forms. It's way easier than I first thought -- just look for changes in character components, then learn to recognize the traditional components when you see them. This approach works with 90% of the characters I already know, and others (like 厅/廳) I can learn without much trouble.
One character has me baffled, however. What is the connection 丑 and 醜? How was this character simplified? No matter how long I look my eyes can't seem to make sense of it.
(BTW: thanks to the Popup Team for making switching between 简/繁 so intuitive, and allowing us to display them side-by-side in Lesson Popups and transcripts!)