"I do not know anything about Art with a capital A. What I do know about is my art. Because it concerns me. I do not speak for others. So I do not speak for things which profess to speak for others. My art, however, speaks for me. It lights my way."
- Mark Z Danielewski
A small quote to summarize my feelings as of late.
Now, to deviate and explain -
I find that, at times, we allow ourselves to get caught up in our attempts to receive affirmation and attention from those around us. We get caught up in our need for approval from a "bigger" entity (daily deviations, publications, community endorsement, etc).
While it's all right to feel a desire towards having your work recognized, this is just a small reminder that, at the end of the day, your art is for you. It is your expression, your self. Regardless of whether others approve of it or not, it will always be important.
Because it is you.
And you are always important.