Sometimes when you get feedback the people who give you the feedback are trying to change what you’ve created so that it will appeal to the masses. They want your story to reach as many people as possible. Well, that’s good from a mass marketing point of view and that’s the way things used to be done but that’s no longer the case today.
In fact, the internet has finally made it possible for you to create content that doesn’t appeal to a mass audience. You can write a book or create music that won’t make it onto the local top 40 radio station or be listed on the New York Times best seller list. But that’s okay. Being a mass market product is only one measure of success. If what you create reaches a specific audience – write for that audience – create music for that audience. Don’t change what you’re doing just to broaden the appeal.
Not everyone has to get the joke or like your book or listen to your music. And that’s okay. Don’t let it bother you. Measure your success by what you create not by how many people buy what you create.
The work matters not the sales figures.