As I mentioned in Composition, learning how to use your camera is just one part of photography, learning how to take photos is the next step.
When I bought my first DSLR I didn't have a clue how to use it other than to stick to Auto. Out of frustration, I put my camera away for over a year because I lacked motivation and encouragement so felt I was just wasting my time.
After following a few photographers and their work, I decided to pick up my camera again and start teaching myself as best I could. I couldn't afford a workshop, didn't have transport to move around to clubs and Youtube chowed my bandwidth. So I stuck to books. Unlike some other photographers who progressed within a year, I took longer. Without direction, guidance and so on, I was floundering a bit from one place to another and learning erratically.
But what made me improve was taking the time and dedication to learn. I wish that I could have gone to a workshop because there at least you have a proper starting point, someone to help you, motivate you and keep you going.
Some photographers don't need a workshop, they are able to focus well enough to work on their own. But for someone like me with waaaay too much going on in my mind and my life, I couldn't focus the way I used to so a little backup was always needed.
I have been following a very inspiration photographer called Christina Greve. I would suggest reading her bio on how she started on her FAQ page under the question: Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
She provides workshops in photography and is also a Life Coach. Christina's photos are at times light and delicate and others times slightly moody, which will appeal to many photographers of different genres. She is currently offering a workshop, which starts in September 2015. More info can be found here Workshop.