This is so gentle yet excellent advice. I’ve had trouble discerning the wildly different stats I’ve had; been troubled about whether to submit everything to a publication; confused why my most meaningful essays don’t take off when other “linkbait” has led other writers to business opportunities.
We just will never know. Like you said, I came here to write. Not to trick an algorithm or play with pageviews… but to become a better person. Thanks for reminding me of that.