It's unavoidable for you but your progression was hastened a little from the tips and tricks from viewers and friends. I learnt stuff watching those videos and Ive played at least a hundred hours of spelunky.
I realise you can't play games in a vacuum and I don't mean to piss in your cornflakes but I think other players with the same skill level would still be bashing their head against a wall.
It took me 5 hours to finish and max out everything. But I did it in one sitting. I'm only posting this as a PSA, because I noticed there was fuck all information on this game, and I had such a good time with it.