I've been working to change my mindset concerning why I draw and what I intend to do with it. I have found that drawing and hoping to connect with people that way does not provide the proper fuel to keep drawing. Art is not just the work that goes in to it, it is communication, and some people just won't connect with what you have to say, or what your believe in, or what you like.
In order to keep drawing without praise or social acknowledgement as a motivator, I had to consider what drawing is and what I could use it for personally, even considering that I merely enjoy the act of dragging a pencil on paper. It is in this place where I feel I will find the right fuel to keep me going and refining my craft, a desire to see what I can do with this skill without it being tied to the whims of popularity.