Chris says that it becomes very easy to "fall off the horse" when you're comparing your quality of photography with others. People shouldn't be discouraged. Just be patient. It takes time and practice to develop your eye and style. That's the beauty of digital photography -- you can make mistakes and learn from them at little cost. At the beginning you're not going to be all that great as your taste vs. your quality of work is separated. But as you keep at it, that gap narrows and you eventually get there. Here's a few tips to keep you going:
1. Do the 52 Weeks Project. Take and post at least one picture a week.
2. Shoot collections/themes.
3. Switch from one image to telling a story in multiple images.
4. Start a blog.
5. Go back to the basics, like film photography
6. Immerse yourself into the art form with picture books on photography. There's a great book called Art and Fear: The Perils (and rewards) of Artmaking.
7. Sometimes not allowing you to shoot to build up the desire helps as well.
8. Participate in our monthly assignments! Our current assignment - SING! Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "SING" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "SING" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!
The bottom line is, don't give up. Push through it. Keep going. Have faith you'll get better.