Friday, October 13, 2017
The Renown Margin
I am not famous.
But I do have a following that is growing, a public persona that some people recognize, I run into strangers who know who I am, and have attracted enough attention that not every interaction is free of awkwardness and sometimes discomfort. Millions of people have read my work, and at the edges of my pedestrian perception of the world the edges have begun to crinkle toward something resembling fame.
This blog was always meant to be educational on the surface and the meta level, both in being writing about writing as well as a real-time disclosure of what I find that works (listicles like woah), what I find doesn't (posting college essays), and what deals are strangely Faustian (hello Facebook). You see the excruciating glacial progress. No overnight success stories here. If I start to carve out something, you will see how it took me years of writing every day to get there. You will watch me improve from old articles to new. You will see my career as it happens.
And now the first glimmers of something like fame are included in that career. People who see me not as a person but as a filler for things (both good and bad) and as someone who has something they desperately want. So here are the articles about that.
Groupie Threesome Jokes and other Problematica (Mailbox)
Public and Private
The Armor I wish I Didn't Need
Eleven Reasons Fame Probably Doesn't Look Like You Think, Part 2, Part 3