So I had a flight recently wherein I was out shooting some approaches in actual IMC. Just a quick out-and-back from A to B and went missed back to A. (A) is a towered field and tracon. I picked up my IFR clearance on the ground before taxiing out. Launched into the cloud deck and went on my merry way to (B) about 30ish miles away. Got cleared for the approach, which was uneventful as I went down to mins and started the published missed, which happened to take me back to the VOR colocated at (A). So I called back "Approach, Skyhawk 12345 is on the missed, climbing 4000 back to (A)" And I got "Skyhawk 12345 radar contact, proceed on course, maintain VFR" "Skyhawk 12345 is IMC, can't maintain VFR" "Oh, you're IFR?" "Affirmative" "Were you IFR on the way to (B)?" "Yes, sir" "OH..okay...sorry about that, fly heading 300 blahblahblah" Not at all trying to make a 5-course meal out of a nothingburger, just trying to understand it from the ATC perspective. Him asking if I was IFR on the outbound leg(after the fact) leads me to believe it was more than a momentary brainfart. I was in hard IMC most of the flight and it was a little unsettling in the moment, even though I was at least on their radar. I'm still green in the IFR realm, so curious to hear what more knowledgable people have to say about it.