You're doing great Simple!!
Listening to guys like Al, Pops, etc, etc is a great thing to do!
When I first started on this forum, there were a lot of learned guys. I would read & take answers from 10 or 12 guys & go with the overwhelming majority of agreed upon answers. Everything seemed to at least get me close to what I liked. Then I would refine it to my liking. The only thing you don't want to mess with is curing. Get your info from people who normally use the cure you are going to use, and double & triple check your plan of attack. Also if those people do things a little different, it doesn't always mean they are doing it wrong, but don't mix their instructions either, because one might be using less cure for a longer time. If you used the "less cure" from one guy, and normal "shorter time" from the other guy, it could cause a problem.
Keep doing a lot of research.
Notes????----If I didn't take copious notes, I'd be starting over every time----I got serious CRS !!!
One of the reasons I make easy to follow Step by Steps is my lousy memory (when it comes to this kind of thing)!!!
Hope this helps,