I realize that what you are saying is true, it has become harder to monetize creative efforts. This makes it frustrating to follow one’s passion as a creative writer, musician, painter, etc. All that being said, what makes the real difference is whether or not you, the creative person, give a shit! Obviously you do, or you wouldn’t share that creative passion that bubbles up from inside of you. People are reading what you write which means you are influencing their lives for the better. I know that doesn’t pay your bills, but, in the end, creating a greater good is why we do what we do.