To be known is to be vulnerable

I’ve imagined my name in print for years. But my college communications law class confirmed that I’m not the journalist you want working a serious story on a deadline. It takes me time to get all the details right. To be fair to everyone involved. And with that much at stake, I wouldn’t want to get it wrong. I’m definitely more of a Lifestyles/Features kind of girl.

Every author can find an audience online. Or so I hear.

Being known didn’t bother me until the Internet. That’s where creative people (let’s call them “writers”) get stalkers (let’s call them “readers”). It’s innocent at first. Readers run across into your work and are attracted to it. They learn your name and Google it. The more they get to know you, the more they like what you say and how you say it. So they subscribe to your blog, follow you socially and give you money for your book.

Writers can be plucked from obscurity overnight, facing 200 fans at Barnes & Noble on a Saturday. Who needs that drama?

Other than being vulnerable when you put your brand out there, what’s the down side to being known? Sharing your ideas is a good thing. Making new friends is a good thing. Selling books is a very good thing. And overnight is never really overnight.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that anonymity is overrated. When I find out, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I will keep blogging.

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