i confess - i use random recipes
sometimes i use recipes from people here on TFL or a book, but sometimes i look around for something on google - searches like "fast yeast bread", "cottage cheese bread" or whatever strikes me at the moment. sometimes i'm literally heating up the oven when i feel like trying something often fairly random.
the first time i tried that, it didn't work out well, and i learned something about baking reviews. i found a 5-star rated bread recipe, and it didn't work out at all. then i went back and read the user reviews. almost every 5 star review was based on mods the people baking it made - less sugar, different amounts of stuff, even different ingredients and temperatures. since i had been baking for less than a week, i wasn't really able to figure my way around it. and it really was more of a 2-star bread without mods.
these days, i read a bunch of the 1 star reviews and the higher reviews on a recipe to find what - if anything - people are consistently changing. and now, with going on three more months of baking and over 30 loaves under my belt, i can make some of changes or decide not to and it works pretty much all the time.
btw, i'm currently baking a recipe that was found randomly two weeks ago when i wanted something fast. i typed in "fast yeast bread", and it was delish, so i'm doing it again :)