Great question, thanks. I can’t really speak for others so will just say what I think.
When I was at college I hated the idea of anyone other than myself seeing my work and so I had no online presence whatsoever. Gradually I came to realise that although the making of art helped me become a better person and improve myself and my life, the finished product, well it’s kind of pointless without an audience. What good is a photo or any other work of art hidden away in a drawer? The act of making may help the artist, but the creation can help others.
I decided to start sharing my work on tumblr, chosen because I knew someone who had a blog and it looked interesting I think. It was something new to experiment with initially, and it was terrifying and demoralising finding weeks going by with no likes, no reblogs, no interaction. Thinking, is my work really that awful? But I kept at it, talking to others and checking out their work, finding the community. When the likes etc came it felt so good. Being able to reach out and talk and share with people from all over the world is great. I guess to me, it makes it seem a little more worthwhile, a little less lonely and the work a little less pointless. If even one person sees your work and likes it, if only for a split second before moving on to something else, that’s better than it never being seen, and keeps alive that dream to be able to make something of it, keep doing it full-time.
Thanks for the great question, sorry if I rambled. Any other questions from anyone?