You just started there? Or did you work up to there from the bottom of the charge weight table?
You're not going to let me plead the 5th, are you?
I just started there. I checked the charts, and went with a bit low of mid-chart.
Remember that great advice we've all heard, and I've even given a time or two myself? "Find an experienced reloader to teach you."
When I actually got to relearning the process again years ago I didn't have anyone. I didn't have the internet. I didn't know I should have multiple sources of loads to compare back and forth. I simply picked a middle of the chart load from the one book I had and went with it. And I guess I got lucky in one way in that that method never caused me to blow up any guns.
However, and I'll admit to slow realization here, that method also didn't lead to maximizing the potential of my guns with the best loads through each. I found loads that worked, and loaded them. I was happy with 2" at 100 yards out of my .308, as it was my deer gun, and I figured that was the best I could do with my vision. The working up of optimum loads for the .30-06 I bought last year is the first time I've ever done any load development. And now I'm slowly doing the same thing for other bullet weights in the .30-06 and starting to develop loads for the .308.
For the .223, I just wanted to see how it shot; I wasn't really worried yet about accuracy, so simply picked a relatively safe load. Not too hot, not too light. Used only .223 brass, to avoid the lesser capacity/higher pressure involved with 5.56 brass. Now that I at least have it on paper (the scope mount was so far off that at 25 yards it was hitting 10" high), load development will start soon.
For handguns, and remember I admitted to being slow to realization, it was only recently that I realized that I had never attempted to load for POA=POI. I simply loaded for consistent cycling/comfortable recoil. So I now have a bunch of handgun ammo loaded up in various calibers that will all go downrange effectively, but in truth I really don't know how accurate those particular loads are in my guns. More stuff to work on in what little spare time I have.
Oh, well. At least it keeps me off the streets and gives me something to work on.