The moral to the story is: Grow in what you feel comfortable with and want to grow in. Having decided what to grow in, learn how to best grow in that medium.
Full hydroponic is another option that many folks swear by. I just like growing in dirt (FFOF).
I had never grown anything other than a mustache until January of last year. Learned everything that I know from Robert’s grow bible and the great growers and friends on this forum.