A few more points.
There are probably more talented hobbyist photograpghers on this site than professionals in sports and photojournalism etc....they just have another career that is likely more viable. Just becuase someone does something for a living does not mean they are the best at it, and visa versa.
I find that the term "pro" is used so much here. I think that many here are obsessed with "pro" things. Maybe because that would validate your hobby in some way as making you a better hobbyist?
Not sure but the moral of this thread is you should be wayyy more concerned about your composition, light and post production or whatever brings you personal joy ours hiving your interpretation of this hobby, than whatever some other hobbyist or pro thinks about how you should go about creating that interpretation. Photography is art, some things are widely appreciated, but there is no tangible score to be kept. I quite dislike the style of a few guys on here, however I appreciate their photos much more than the myriad of generic crap with perfect focus at f1.4 from an out focus point.....