“Writing with readers in mind does not make you a sellout. It makes you a professional.”
If you only want to write for yourself, that’s fine. Good for you.
But you know what’s equally good? Writing things other people will want to read.
In response to a comment she got on a recent post, Shaunta Grimes points out it’s ok to think about your audience when you create something, explains why it’s ok to be excited when people like your work, and why it’s ok to (gasp!) get paid for your art.