So, you may not know this, but I’m not famous, like at all. No one knows who I am or cares what I do, so I post things freely and don’t really care about hiding who I really am. The problem now for me is about wondering if there will be a situation where I’m “semi-famous” or mentioned somewhere. I don’t really know how to explain it, but well I am the CEO of a company so technically I am already a public figure. Although my company is private and at the moment fairly, shall I say, lean, at some point it could matter and as we all know, the internet is forever. I think it’s probably already to late to hide myself, but I’m not really sure I would want to anyway.
Notoriety is good, but I care more about just being a successful person and having a successful company. Many of those ooh-la-la companies that get written about and have a lot of press are just an interesting idea or a lot of fluff. Rarely do news sites write about companies that are just killing it and bringing in record profits, because there is nothing really newsworthy about that and the way they really want you to get featured, is by buying ads.
Attention really only comes when you do something interesting or out of the ordinary. I don’t know if this quality has a name (not viral), but it could be called the Blogworthy Effect, like a story that is just destined to be spread on blogs and over social media, which is where most of the real tech news emanates from. You have to do something worthy of being talked about, which in many cases, just making money and building a business isn’t. This isn’t so bad, unless you want investors and the like, but even then there are advantages of being stealth, whether self-imposed or not.
I’m not sure how I would feel about being famous. Maybe I would feel more consequences to what I write and so I might censor myself? When I write now, I don’t really consider what people will think or how they will react. I am writing this for me, probably because not that many people read it, so I’m not sure how I would act if there were a larger audience. I am wondering if my outlook would change if my writing received more notoriety, and I’m not sure, but I think it would have to. That’s one of the things that’s comes with being famous, and as it looks now, something I will never have to worry about.
I’m happy to be not famous.