Clickbait... but no so much.
Time to look at some stats... no judgment, just numbers (roughly).
When I see all the possible ways people can use to support my work -Paypal, Patreon, Gumroad, Cubebrush- when I look at all the downloads, be it on Deviantart, Gumroad, Cubebrush, ShareCg & OpenGameArt, it makes me think I should drop the full free asset making.
All of them (the last 6month): between +1k to 10k of downloads (would require days of data compilation to get a precise number, even for just 6 months), multiple messages (which is always a pleasure)
DA, ShareCG, OpenGameArt: lots of comments, $0 of donation/support