I finally took the dive into printing my own black and white photographs, and I must admit it sheds new light into how I shoot. From the basics such as composition and exposure, use of filters and depth of field, they all come back to hit you in the head if you screw up.
The main concern for me was composition. With 35mm film printed on 8x10 paper, you would actually get your image cropped off. This is a no-no for me. This is because my style of framing is pretty tight, and I ensure that what I want is in the frame. Here's the catch - to print the full image on a 8x10 paper, you would have to downsize the print.
This example is from a 35mm.
This example is from a 6x7 negative