A number of times over the past year, I have received emails, comments, or seen blog posts that praise me for my work. When I dig deeper, it usually turns out that they know me for one specific project.
It’s nice to receive the praise - very nice! - but it makes you feel a bit unappreciated for your other works. I long to be complimented about some minor project that I have all but forgotten about, or something like that. I’m more than just the one work!
I’d previously heard that some musicians don’t like playing their most famous songs. Being complimented on just the one project makes me sympathise with how an musician or artist may feel when they are known for a specific few hits or pieces.
I realise that I’m being completely ungrateful here, and that I should feel good about the fact that my works are appreciated at all, but I can’t help how I feel.
I actually like the piece of work that I get complimented on, unlike some of those musicians (and other artists in the same boat), so I guess there’s that. My instinct is to ‘double-down’ on my successes, but that isn’t really possible here (or at least, there’s no real benefit to doing so).
I should probably just keep working on my other things to try to get recognised for those too. :)