Over the years I've been a camera and camera magazine collector and not a real photographer. As I've been trying to correct that, I started journaling. As I've gone back and looked at my comments about photos and what I've liked and what I didn't I discovered a few things. I won't say it's a new thought, but it enabled me to focus on the subject and clarify my reactions to what I was seeing.
1.My definition of beauty includes the flaws. The photos and the photographers who I've tended to follow don't hide the flaws, the little irregularities in the skin, the wrinkles, the cellulite, etc. I even had one photo here that I had initially not liked but kept going back to it. Then I realized what it was. Her face wasn't photoshopped to death. It showed her in all her glory, flaws and imperfect skin and all.
2. Just because we can correct just about everything in photoshop now doesn't mean we should. There is a time and a place for everything.
3. I went out and bought a copy of the book Atlas of Beauty
4. Now I have a goal and something that I can start to form a personal style
Yup I know it sounds trite and possible a bit touchy-feely but journaling (honest journaling) can be a useful tool. Give it a try. You might find somethings out about yourself and your photography may benifit.