I think that one of the hardest things for a writer is to be unread or to be read by only a few people. In a world that always emphasizes the number of books sold, the number of followers, the number of likes and retweets, it can be painful to work in anonymity for a tiny audience.
Yet, we are still called to write; the inspiration still whispers in our ear begging to be listened to and something is lost if we choose to ignore it.
The editor's note by Kevin Larimer in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Poets and Writers offers some encouragement:
It's a New Year: There will be unexpected challenges and setbacks, fresh goals and accomplishments. No matter what we encounter, let's remember what is happening when we write and share our work. Whether thousands, hundreds, or dozens of people might read what we've written, or even if we reach just one single soul, we are being given an opportunity to create something bright in all this darkness. Shine.