I hope I wasn't the chief navel gazer! My long post could be summed up as:
1. Do what you want to do, not what you think others might like.
2. Make intent/vision matter: my final picture has less value to me without context.

I spend an inordinate amount of time gazing at the sky and landscape, even if I'm not taking photos of it! So hopefully I'm just a distracted gazer!