The bottom line, I think, for me, in all my writerly activities is writing as near to perfection as I can. Yes, publication is desired, yes I want to make money from my writing, either directly by earning money on my sales, or indirectly through workshops, my own publishing ventures, and the work I do at the university.
How, though, do we describe perfection? Must a really good piece be tightly written? Making a good moral point? Engaging the reader? Be a delight to read in its linguistic perfection? Make us famous?
I just want to write well and be known for that.