I guess my photography journey started properly when I was left an old Nikon film camera and three lenses...
I had done a weeks 'how to use a camera' (film) while at art college in Harrogate including developing black and white shots in a darkroom.
I searched on the internet for a digital camera body that would work with all the lenses and bought a Nikon D90.
As most people I guess, I started on auto settings and took lots of mediocre shots. I started watching lots of youtube videos many from Improve Photography and Adorama (see below for full list) and then turned the Auto setting to P and then to A as everything I read and watched said that would give you far more control of your shots.
I could never really get my head around the F-stop and ISO settings when people tried to explained it, but managed to work it all out so I understood it by actually trying it out.
My flickr account shows my development over the years including different genres and trying out styles e.g. HDR photography.
I still watch youtube tutorials and also listen to podcasts trying to learn as much as I can and have bought a better camera now and some better quality lenses.