You can't seek both at the same time.
Innovation will always be rejected.
Especially in the beginning.
Innovation means change.
And people just don't like change.
On the other hand if you're looking for validation you've gotta do the stuff that people already know.
The stuff that people are already used to.
The stuff that's familiar.
The stuff that's already popular.
And that's rarely the innovative stuff...
Are you looking for change or for clicks?