If you're doing anything even remotely creative, you have to first be willing to play for an audience of one. I'm not saying you'll have an audience of one. I'm not even saying your audience of one is going to be any good. Maybe you have only one person at your show and they're hooting...
I'm (not) popular
Yes, this is something I think about a great deal. And I am aware of the inherent issues in musing about popularity and worthiness here of all places, where I obviously have an audience that looks forward to what I have to write. But here I am, and I think it's still something worth reading. Noteworthy: I blasted this whole piece out over the course of an hour in one night. Sometimes things just flow, and I try to encourage that in myself. Enjoy!