Is it too much to ask that ezine short fiction be properly copyedited and proofread? Strange Horizons does an excellent job, but they seem to be the exception. Should I offer my services to a zine with stories I like? Or should I just start my own? On the one hand, working for someone else is less work. On the other hand, starting my own means I don't have to work for someone else.
Of course, the real question is: does reading speculative fiction give me any kind of insight into what sorts of things other people might like to read? And can I attract any kind of quality writing if I don't pay for stories? And am I really one to judge other writers if I haven't published (or really written, for that matter) any speculative fiction? And how can I start a magazine when I know it won't be the best?
Some of the above questions are rhetorical. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which those are.