Way back when I had a couple of readers and used to get a positive comment or two on my writing whenever I posted a new piece. Sometimes I'd even print out the reviews and look at them when I was sad, to cheer me up, convince me I was contributing something to the world, and inspire me to keep writing.
Haven't had readers in maybe a decade now, though. :/
That last line is very sad. Do you still share your writing? I write a little and that was one thing I used to be very sensitive about. "It's alright, but I think you shouldn't write this, you should write X" was a mild comment that gave me concern for years! Got a bit of a tougher skin now. A bit.
Leonard Cohen (Bird on a Wire): I have tried in my own way to be free
Mrs Hudson (BBC Sherlock): Sherlock! The mess you've made!