I was a pro musician for about 20 years, in my first life. As such, I met a lot of artists in many venues.
I`d only suggest giving some thought to your last sentence, "If they click away as a result, it`s their loss." :-)
No, it`s your loss.
I`m not approaching this from a money standpoint. Although I`d like
more money in my life, it`s not my number one priority. But I`ve done a
lot of thinking about what IS my priority, what`s different about
artists, and how come they`ve throughout history been so broke for the
What it comes down to is that you`re mostly doing art for yourself. I
understand this, and it`s crucial to success as an artist. You can`t be
derivative, or you`re otherwise a commercial artist. But I`ll wager
than AFTER you`ve created what it is you really wanted, succeeded in
getting just right, then you want the Oh Wow!
So let me ask you a philosophic question: What`s the point of creating art if no one will ever see it? :-)
I`m not saying that just because 8 people click away, ALL people will
click away. I`m bringing out the underlying assumption in your last
sentence. That`s why it`s a philosophic question.