The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 June 2003

Flying fickle finger of fame

Jim Treacher wants to know:

Why does everybody on the Internet think they're famous?

I mean, even Glenn [Reynolds], who's one of the most popular bloggers and the first guy they contact for every newspaper article and TV news story about blogs, isn't as well-known as a guest star in the second 15 minutes of a WB sitcom. Not a slam on Glenn; that's just the way it is.

Note to everybody in the sphere o' blogs: You are not famous. Do not assume anybody knows who you are.

Not to worry. Hardly anyone knows who I am, either within the blogeoisie or without. Probably safer that way in the long run.

Posted at 10:03 AM to Blogorrhea


Two rules about fame and influence that I plan on remembering should I ever "make it big":

1. If you think that all the buzz is about you, chances are that at least half of the talk is coming from you personally.

2. Real famous and influential people will never stoop to uttering the phrase, "Don't you know who I am?"

Posted by: Joe Goodwin at 11:40 AM on 14 June 2003