It’s hard. You’re slogging away on your pet topic – you love the research – but not the lack of attention! What is the best way to keep yourself positive and enjoy the research?
First, remember why you started doing this – the love and interest in your subject. Secondly, I hope you’ve published something by this stage (if you haven’t then maybe the research is enough for you?). So the next question is – how to take your interest to the next level? Two possible routes are publishing and lecturing.