Hi Doug. Thanks for your really considered response. I think I am motivated to write because I simply ‘have to’ and I quite like that people read and are encouraged by what I have to say. However, it is so easy to slip into just the external validation, such as, how many reads, likes, claps, email sign-ups, how do I compare to this person or that person. At the moment I am trying to dial down the external stuff and just focus on the only thing I can control which is what I am creating.

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