Why did I bake this bread?
1) Because it makes me see that I accomplished something. And that I was responsible for the outcome - which is critical.
2) It's important to practice.
3) I like to give away bread as gifts and something handmade is a nice expression of goodwill.
4) It's a reminder to me that you cannot produce something that is "artisan" if you are given factory-farming conditions under which to work!
I salute all the other bread-bakers out there...somewhere! Actually, let me extend the salutation to everyone out there who had an idea and went about trying to make it a reality (excepting misguided alt-right kookoo birds).
I dig people who make an effort with things*!
*Plus...I have experienced many bread failures over the years. They were "good" failures.