Well, Geordi was demoted back to commander and basically told Picard "Gee whizz, was I ever dumb to think I could ever be more than an engineer!" in Plagues of Night. Not ignored, but brushed off for no good reason.
To be fair, Geordi's arc in Indistinguishable From Magic
blatantly contradicts his arc in 2004's A Time for War, A Time for Peace
, wherein Geordi considers taking a promotion to first officer but decides that he wouldn't be as good of a first officer as chief engineer, that he doesn't want to be promoted to his level of incompetence, and that he's happy where he is.
Ultimately, what we're seeing is two different visions of what it means for Geordi to experience character development. Seems to me as a reader that this is just the sort of creative difference that happens sometimes.