This simple concept hit me hard. Lately I've been getting a super mopey-artist attitude (about how no one must like my work if it gets so few claps) and then stumbled upon your article.
Mopey attitude gone. This line helps me remember why I write: because writing feels necessary and good to do. And because I have a voice I want to use.
Of course I'd LOVE to get more people reading, but I also recognize garnering regular readers takes a lot of energy pored into effort over a lot of time. Then, there's this magical combination of all the time and energy plus the right reader that equals "likes," "claps," "views," etc.
TIME is the key word here.
I focus on my love for writing by continuing to learn about myself as a writer and honing my craft through daily practice. Better writing will happen with time, readers will read in time, and likes will happen—all in good time.
Thanks for the reminder about what it means to be an artist.