In the folk world it seems, unless you're well known, if you don't play live, you don't sell CD's. I know that's true in our case. If you don't care about selling a ton of material, but just want your music on some permanent format, the cost of doing recorable CD's is within easy reach. Go for it. There's no point banging your head against the wall of getting gigs, if it's not important to you, or fun. I know a lot of great musicians who never play out, unless asked and would love a recording of them if they put one out.