Yale’s Shane Frederick gives a fascinating, lightning tour of just how susceptible our minds are to context—answering questions & evaluating people totally differently based on simple re-orderings, etc. Give it a quick listen; I think you’ll be glad you did.
An audience appreciation is only going to be periodic, in the best of times. You fall in and out of favor continually. I don’t think it should be something one should be looking for. I think you should turn around at the end of the day and say, “I really liked that piece of work,” or “That piece of work sucked!” – not, “Was that popular or wasn’t it popular?”