I totally agree. It’s really hard when it’s someone you admire.
You should check out this facebook group I’m part of, it’s called The Tribe Builder’s Network — it’s for writers/artists who want to build their audience. We help each other out by sharing/liking/commenting on each other’s posts on Medium, etc. If you’re interested, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tribebuildersnetwork/