to answer your questions directly .. it really doesn't matter at all.
if you are happy with the results you get with your optics
and your processed film, then don't change anything .. but if you aren't satisfied ...
there are always going to be people who talk about lenses and their contrast and sharpness
and "stuff" but in the end it is the results that matter.
as for dark room and technical skills, they are just learned and practiced ...
like pretty much anything else.
good luck !