Fear not I didn't take your comments negatively.
I think the original post came at the right time for me as I've had similar thoughts bouncing around my mind recently, must be the dark winter nights that does it. Also the outage last night was useful as I spent the time over on the magnum site. I think the 2 things tie in together as the work I was looking at seemed much more natural and alive than many of my shots have been recently.
Still ... as HCB said "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" ... Over the years I must be getting close to that by now
I'm going to have to do some thinking about my photography as well and relax more, the Blind Print Exchange could be my first test of the personal philosophy I arrive at.