Rorye makes a good point about personal work. I am pulled, twisted and turned in so many other facets in life that the opportunity to please myself only and keep a permanent record of it has come to play a role in soothing my emotional well-being. Not a stodgy corner, but a sanctum of sorts. I don't mean this to sound like discouragement or exclusion of branching out and exploring, but I see nothing wrong with finding a place or activity where you can be true to your own preferences, at least when you are doing your own work.
If you do not seek the recognition of others, and you are not being paid to create according to someone elses wishes, go ahead and please yourself! You don't owe anyone the right to bend your style or concept of beauty under those circumstances.