Special vs Extra

What makes something special?

And what makes it special, and not merely extra?

Both exceed what is necessary. Both may be topically unrelated.

Yet one is good, and the other is something we’re indifferent to.

What makes special…special?

Its ability to distinguish itself to a specific person or specific group.

Special is special because it’s not trying to please everybody. It’s selective by nature. It’s niche.

Without that, it’s merely extra.

Worth keeping in mind when you think about your work… if you’re trying to appeal to a larger audience, what does that do to what makes you special?