It's a solitary business. Bob has great advice on this page. It's all about the individual and what he or she sees and what they find matters. In this sense likes on instagram and flickr can be very destructive. Even the thumbnails of the RFF Gallery can have a similar effect. Many photographs must be printed to come to life. That is a different sort of photography that the internet is not necessarily a good introduction to. Competitions will also distort your approach, and camera clubs and the advice of well-meaning co-enthusiasts. So you look at what you like and do more and more precisely what you want and ignore more than 95% of advice. Every now and then you read or hear or listen to something that resonates, and that's where you'll learn a little more from others.