How many here first solve the 3x3x3 on their own with their own method? I wish I had. At the time though I didn't really have a good grasp of how one would go about finding a solution so I used one my college roommate taught me.
I've started a separate thread to explain my own self-taught method, and encourage others to share and compare their methods:viewtopic.php?f=8&p=288719#p288719
For my first few months of puzzling, I would immediately find a tutorial on the internet for every new puzzle I got.