While seeking recognition may be a necessity for purely monetary purposes, I do not think the need for external recognition should govern and determine the existence and content of one's creative output.
I personally enjoy lack of recognition (see post: Freedom that Comes with Little Attention - Ego Attachment), as giving me more creative freedom and preventing the pressure of expectation from building up.
I am not saying that the odd connection made with one's audience and finding out that one's creations are at times enjoyed and of benefit are not a huge boost to one's creative self-confidence but you cannot expect this to happen.
In fact it would be a recipe for disappointment as most people simply do not care - nor should they - in what someone else, including yourself, has brought forth.
This is why I am so anti the monetary system, especially when it comes to creativity, because it forces one to make a business out of what should be given freely and widely, the best creativity indeed springing from freedom.