So which is worse, the group described by Weston, or the (presumably smaller) group who take a more methodical, measured approach, one paper/one film/one developer, until they get bored silly and simply walk away?

I only say this because it was a case of a few happy mistakes, positive failures that stoked my interest in photography. I read these "newbie recommendation" threads and sometimes say, ah what the hell, I'll give that a try!

The things I know about photography are not nearly as important as the things I do not.