Disclaimer: all advice is subjective and should never be applied uniformly to all situation, you may not agree, that is your right, your situation may vary.
We all know there are some pieces of advice that are just very hard. You don't really want to hear them or listen to them, even when you possibly should, and a lot of the time people don't want to give you this advice because it'll hurt you and you'll get defensive. No one (ok most people) don't enjoy being the bad guy and crushing people's dreams, or even just doubting people's dreams and creative efforts. But, sometimes, it is necessary.
So, please share some of the harsh advice some people probably don't want to hear about webcomics/webnovels, that you probably didn't want to hear and other people probably don't want to hear either but probably need to.
And here are a few of mine:
Lower your expectations: whatever your expectations are, lower them. Webcomics/novels is a long hard slog and you are competing against thousand or more every day. You're not going to be an overnight success. If you're writing a niche genre, you're going to get niche numbers, don't complain about that. If you're writing a popular genre, you're going to get bigger numbers. Novels get lower than comics. Research your market and realise you need more realistic expectations.
You are not entitled to anything as a creator: we often hear about reader entitlement, but creators get entitled too. You aren't owed comments, views or subs. Popular creators who have a lot of subs/views/comments have worked hard to get there. Even if it's their first comic/novel, they probably had a following before somewhere else. These things take years. You have to work for it too.
You're not cool: you can think you're cool for hating on popular works or genres or cliched stories, but you don't know that author's story. How would you like it if someone started calling your work cliche and lazy and heartless just because you got popular? Just because your genre came around? That's what you sound like. You sound like you're whining because you're not popular. You're doing the creator equivalent of "I'm not like other girls".
You're not being modest: there's a difference between modesty and purposefully and meaningfully putting your work down. If you tell me your work is not good, I won't read it, compared to if you just say you're still improving. I'm not saying say your work is amazing and the best (see below) there's nothing wrong with saying you're still improving, but telling people you're work isn't good, as a creator, they'll probably believe you. And people can tell when you're doing it for attention, saying you're no good to try and have people tell you otherwise. We can tell.
You're not writing a masterpiece: I'm sorry. I know you love your story. I know you love your characters. But you are (probably) not writing the next big hit. You're not that amazing. You're not the most amazing artist and the most amazing story teller. You're not changing the genre and you're not above everyone else here. Once again, lower you expectations. Acting like you're writing the greatest masterpiece ever put to paper, telling yourself that and that you deserve everything, that you're better than popular works will harm you in the long term.
So, there's some bits of advice that I often think people don't want to hear and don't want to give. Especially to newer creators. What about you guys?