"It's actually the crossroads I find myself at right this moment as the constant algorithmic changes to social have greatly impacted my ability to create visible content - and actually one of the reasons I'm starting to shift out of social."
Interesting point. I think content creators including digital publishers are at the same crossroads. I've seen reports of some sites just shutting down. One had 2 million followers or something like that. Everything had to be at scale to be impressive. Maybe we're moving past vanity metrics and into an age of true engagement.
I suppose it ties back into community and real connections and engagement. 50,000 loyal and loving fans is probably worth more then 2MM followers on social. Is Flickr the kind of place someone like yourself can develop a loyal following?
Will something going viral actually be more valuable then ever in the age of it being more difficult to achieve?