If I relied on likes, followers, views, comments, or any other social media interaction or analytic, I would have to sell my gear and give it up. Of course, I would love to have millions of those to soothe my ego, but that's not why I love what I do.

If Facebook, Instagram, or any other platform were to shut down today, would I still be a photographer? You betcha!

What about you?

Does social media give you validation?

Do you shoot because you love what you do?

I would love to hear your thoughts.