I'm not sure precisely how to articulate this so try to bear with me. How much of your satisfaction with the pictures you take is derived from the attention they receive from other people, and how much of it is derived internally? Say for instance you were to post your best 8 shots of all time on a photography forum or photo/art website, and after three weeks you had received 11 views, 0 comments, and 0 "magic stars" or "favorites" or "thumbs up" -- how would you feel, honestly? (I've not done this but am sincerely curious.) Are you secure (or oblivious) enough to dismiss this lack of attention? Or would you interpret it as criticism or evidence of your inadequacy? I'm concerned about photography as competition, or appeal for popular recognition. (After all, the #1 winners of major competitions are often the most appealing but least interesting of the top entries.) I'm also personally distracted by comparison. Sometimes I'll take what I think is a nifty shot, get ready to post it, stumble across a pro's masterpiece, conclude that my shot is an embarrassing failure in comparison to this other person, and decide not to post it because I can't bear to follow a shot with 4,000 views and 900 comments by people falling all over themselves at the brilliance of the shot. I'm sure this sounds very trivial, but it's honest. Are you comfortable with your own sense of self-satisfaction when it comes to photography; do you yearn for external validation; or if you fall somewhere in between, where do you stand?