Well, I’m not a leader of Ionic, but I understand some points of what you say.
As a plugin developer of cordova/ionic, I listen many people from many countries.
Comparing React, Ionic, and flutter, React is the most popular at this time.
Here is my opinion,
- React, many hybrid developers love it
- Flutter, Google or native app lovers uses (I guess)
- Ionic, HTML5/Web lovers, but we don’t restrict with React rules.
- Native Script (I don’t know much)
For me, one of Ionic advantages is which is able to create PWA app as well as native apps.
(If plugins are able to run on browser)
However money power is completely different.
- Facebook (React), Google (Flutter), have tons of money, many developers work for their frameworks.
- Ionic, as far as I know, less than those companies.
Interesting thing is Asian countries count on how popular the framework/library when some developers choose new framework/library.
Yes, I also understand that, many people uses many knowledge, especially on their languages.
That’s really helpful for beginner.
For example, I’m Japanese (I don’t live in Japan though).
Ionic does not have almost no profile.
Ionic Japan Users’ Group
But they haven’t gave up their activities. They communicates on Slack, Q&A, translate knowledges and/or official blogs, make study events periodically, publishing some Japanese books…etc.
Hence, it’s depends on your motivation.
If you prefer Ionic than other frameworks, but their is no other developers, then you become a leader in your country.
If it’s difficult to continue your activity in real world, just starting blogging is enough at the first.
Keep activities periodically, you would found new friends.
Your local community is died when you give up.