While I prefer both reading and writing novels over short stories, there are times when I pick up an anthology--or even try my hand at writing a short story. It's not a story length that comes naturally to me, but writing short stories is a good way to sharpen one's craft. (Though I confess to having several unfinished ones on my flash drive.) I see other authors talking about their short story sales to anthologies. This might be a good way to get your name out there so readers check out your other work. On the other hand, anthologies (at least the ones I've seen submission calls for) generally don't offer professional rates, and they can take time away from novels--which tend to be the mainstay for indie authors. If you don't hear about anthologies in a timely manner, you might miss the submission window. While I might add a couple of short stories to my goal list for 2018, I have so many other projects to complete that I don't want to spend a lot of time on short stories.
How do you feel about short stories, as a writer and/or reader? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.