I used to follow all these young female photographers like larafairie (pic related). I taught myself photography and editing techniques by studying other people's photos and going through all the extremely shitty tutorials to find a few tricks that worked for what I wanted to achieve. For years my biggest wish was to get a Daily Deviation and I'd compare myself to the ones who made it all the time.
It was a fun place and pretty positive but really cringy. I learned a lot and made good connections and ended up working with a lot of people and getting decent photography experience and working my way up the ladder.