It’s not that you shouldn’t study other photographers. You should definitely know what’s been made before you – and what’s currently being made. But if you’re working on your stuff – if you’re REALLY working on it, then you’re too busy to read and keep up with 20 other photographers blogs.
You’re too busy to talk on photographers forums and argue about the quality of a lens, or the latest version of Photoshop.
You’re too busy making.