Nah I didn't really try very hard. Before I started I didn't even know what a domain was and just got started into making sites to kill the boredom from being sick. I managed to teach myself a lot in 8 months so I guess it was worth it!
Yep, Get in there and get your hands dirty! I love learning hands-on... Reading books and stuff usualy bores me, and if someone tells me how to do it, I'll be able to do it a couple of times then nope, forgotten! Do it myself on my terms, I'll do it all day long