@TW12 A few other people have mentioned this but I’ll say it again because to me, it’s the most important thing any one ever told me. Test each flavor as a single. The reason this is important, even if you intend to only mix other people’s recipes, is in case one particular flavor hits you wrong, you’ll know which one to sub and with what.
Example, several of the recipes I really like call for Vienna Cream. I have no doubt this is a great flavor, I can taste the greatness in there but for my mutant tongue, I also get an off putting undertone of rubber cement. If I hadn’t tested as a single, I would HATE those recipes without giving them a fair chance. Now I know to sub out a different cream.
When I began I also over thought things. I did a lot of research while deciding if I even wanted to try DIY and when I decided to take the plunge, I figured it would take me a year to get anything good enough to share. I would have been happy enough to get something halfway vapable so I could cut down on buying retail juice. It was a pleasant surprise to find a lot of the single flavors I tested were good enough on their own and with slight tweaks they’re delicious!
Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking you have to have any super expensive equipment or “elite” flavors. You don’t have to make complex original recipes to be a good mixer. Good, is all subjective here. Sure some flavors are of a higher quality but most of the so-called “common” brands are wonderful too. Decide for yourself which course you want your mixing journey to go. Maybe it will become a passion that you spend hours a day on or maybe you’ll just mix what you like when you need something to vape. It’s a very personal journey. Only you can decide what suits your pallet and your mixing style. Very few people around here really care about prestige or internet fame. Just find the flavors that appeal to you and mix what you like, even if it’s Rhubarb Anise Menthol Tobacco.
Best of luck!