You love what you do. You have fans who love what you do. But there are always those who seem determined to look down on your great work as uninteresting, stupid, or downright boring. The truth is, you can't please everyone -- no matter how hard you work. Do what YOU love, and give your dedicated fans something to enjoy. Everyone else... well, they'll find other things to appreciate.
It's not about you. Seth Godin
expresses this quite well:
"Right in the front row, not four feet from Christian McBride, was
every performer's bête noire. I don't know why she came to the Blue
Note, maybe it was to make her date happy. But she was yawning, checking
her watch, looking around the room, fiddling with this and that, doing
everything except being engaged in the music.
McBride seemed to be too professional and too experienced to get brought down
by her disrespect and disengagement. Here's what he knew: It wasn't
about him, it wasn't about the music, it wasn't a response to what he
Haters gonna hate.
Shun the non-believers.
Do your work, your best work, the work that matters to you. For some
people, you can say, "hey, it's not for you." That's okay. If you try to
delight the undelightable, you've made yourself miserable for no
It's sort of silly to make yourself miserable, but at least you ought to reserve it for times when you have a good reason."