So lately, I've read some literature about the Maliki madhab and my heart has become very attached to it. I do not look down on the other schools and I will always love the Hanafi 'Ulema especially the Deobandis, but the more I study the Maliki madhab, the more I become attracted to it.
I was raised as a Hanafi, but when I was in college and began studying fiqh, I studied with Hanafi 'Ulema because it was most convenient and what I was familiar with.
But now I've been thinking of following the Maliki school. The only thing that worries me is that it will cause confusion because I might accidentally mix rulings and I want to learn Maliki fiqh from a Maliki scholar. I don't want to learn it from books. Websites like www.sunnipath.com only teach Hanafi and Shafi'i fiqh (or at least this semester).
So to those people who changed schools, what was your motivation in doing so and did you find it advantageous?
And what types of methodologies did you utilize to acquire knowledge that were reliable and prevented you from accidentally or intentionally mixing rulings?