Though this post is addressed specifically to writers, it’s meant for any and everyone.
I received an email this morning from Creative Writing Now with quotes about what it is to be a writer.  How it’s not a career, a paycheck, not necessarily even an audience that makes you a writer.  Though it should never be an “us vs. them” mentality, we do have a way of thinking, feeling, and expressing that’s all our own and to stray from that hurts because it really is a part of who you are, not just a hobby or an outlet.  It’s a vein; an artery that will bleed when severed.
I just wanted to share these quotes with you and encourage you to appreciate that part of who you are.  To understand that it is important to do what you love, but even more important, to stay committed to what you need to do.  To speak simply because the words need to be said. To understand that it’s a gift if others hear it, but to even have a voice to speak at all is a gift all by itself.
So, if you have a blog that has no followers: say what you need to say.  If you have a blog that have a million followers: say that you need to say.  It’s not about who reads your words.  YOU read your words. YOU need to hear it as much as YOU need to say it.
Anyway, that’s my piece.  ON TO THE QUOTES!!!!
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” 
— Stephen King
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 
— Kurt Vonnegut
“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” 
— Harper Lee
“Why am I compelled to write? . . . Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it…”
— Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for me it is conscious living.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
— Gloria Steinem
“Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down.” 
— Neil Gaiman