My first reaction is a feeling of cold and loneliness. So I suspect you hit your objective. For my taste, the photograph is to bottom heavy, leaving the top of the frame full of that bleak, bright, sky. Not much in the way of mid tones or shadow detail, but I appreciate that this may have been your intent, and I believe that it contributes to the motif. I suspect it did not speak to the viewers because of the "soft focus" via the Gaussian blur as well as the bottom heavy composition.