Originally Posted by balaperdida
I felt that way for awhile... "post-gear-acquisition dysphoria."
That's good! thumbsup
I like to have the mastery of a specific piece or aspect of gear as the motivator for completing a project, usually for someone else. So on one project it might be BFD2, on another it might be Elastic Audio, etc. Doing projects for other people lets your muse sneak in the back door out of your sight. It's not as much about you anymore as it is about just making them happy.
Now it's very easy to get hooked on that and lose a lot of your independence, but what's happening is you are developing a level of mastery with the medium which will give you more confidence with your own work as it comes. And you don't have to force it to come. You can encourage it without scolding yourself. Let it all hang out a bit.
And if you don't have projects lined up for other people, doing covers can get you some easy momentum.
Oh and as for being heard: sure, we all want to be heard and it gives us some sense of closure on a project and relevance. I think you have to ignore being ignored to make a go of this given the flood of material online. Just put your best stuff out there and invite others to appreciate it. If you have an authentic hit, word-of-mouth can spread like wildfire from a single spark.