I know how that feels. Usually though, as long as the "right" people see it (potential employers) it doesn't matter who else sees it.
Besides, I've come to realize that art is more about doing it for the heart, rather then for the praise. Grasping this concept will help you sleep easier at night, when the model you spent all summer working on, texturing, rigging, weighting, posing, lighting, and developing a background for, gets 5 favorites while a stick figure drawing someone whipped up in a minute gets 300 favorites in a few days.
I understand your point but try telling that to the bill collectors, Follow your heart yes but if your heart have no place to sleep or get put on the street i don't think you can do what you want it to do at that point.