Ugh. Me too. People-pleasing and writing publicly are a toxic combination. And so many writers on Medium who are successful also say things like, “Respond to every reader!” “Engage with your readers!” Frankly, I barely have time to write, let alone respond to every comment! So sadly some of my commenters usually just get a clap from me. Shannon Ashley has said a little about how she simply can’t respond to every comment and that sometimes it’s best for her mental health.
So, focus on you and what you have time for. You don’t owe anyone anything, and you’re doing a great job at building your readership just by being you. You don’t unnecessarily need to extend yourself anymore! (and hey, I’m saying this for myself too.)