Everyone has given great advice. I like Bruce's comment on picking a method and learning it. There are hundreds of ways it seams on how to sharpen a blade. I've used every method there is till I found the best method for me. I don't feel that one method is better than the other, it is just what works best for you. I've seen knives, planes etc sharp enough to cut cigarette paper just by pushing the paper onto the blade that were sharpened using every diff method you can imagine.
The only thing I would recommend from my experience is (as in almost all sharpening) consistency is the key. The same pressure on both sides of the blade, the same angle repeated. I use the Mark 2 from veritas like Bruce. It's what works for me. I also strop the blades. I enjoy the time to sit down and sharpen, it is where I put the world on hold and just enjoy my time. If your hands get tired, or your stressed out or under the gun, just put it aside and come back when you will have some patience and can enjoy the learning process.
I start on my 1000 stone and finish on my 8000 and then strop any wire edge off being careful not to roll the edge of the blade when I strop. Once my bevels are cut by the stones and the blade is sharp I usually just touch up on the 4000 then 8000, or just the 8000, quick strop and back to shaving ribbons you can see through.
Last note, If you let your fingers rest on the stone, sandpaper, whatever you use, no matter how fine a grit, the red you see after so many strokes is from you! DAMHIK Seems that skin is not tougher than steel! (all these years I thought I was superman. It looks like I'm going to have to go into counseling again.)
That's not even a smile! That's just a bunch of teeth playing with my mind!