For a long time now, I have been thinking: “It's a good thing nobody reads or cares about the things I write here apart from a handful of people. After all, the things I write are controversial; and I do not wish to be engaged in fruitless, vexatious squabbles. This way I write as I wish without getting tangled in people's angry posts. If I can succeed in finishing my book one day, I'll get back to interaction with people.”
Nobody, that is no national newspaper, no journalist took notice of me even after the third round-the-world tour. (Well, that's a lie. There were a couple of people interested. I didn't like them and rebuffed them :) But as I said, maybe this is a good thing for me. I get worried when I see my "Illegal?!" article got 24 views on Linkedin.
I write the articles but my husband looks after the photos. I do not know how to use Twitter either. I mean I have no idea of how to use it effectively. I just put a title, give the link and put a couple of hashtags and names. Last night, I left it to my husband to tweet the “Imaginary Milk Threats” article. “You find the names to attach, you are the public relations man,” I said.
He sat down in front of the laptop. He is searching for people. He looks at their interests, the next thing he looks at are the number of followers the person has. He sometimes shows the people he finds to me, or I put my head in to have a look at who he is looking at. He showed one guy and then remarked “He is a nobody.”
The guy had 130 followers or something.
I said, “Thank you for making me a nobody!” After all, I am worse than that guy when it comes to “followers”. I barely have 32.
“That's how we talk among us at the office,” my husband tried to explain to save face.
I understand perfectly well. Who would Public Relations people go after to be known or heard? Of course after the people who can influence crowds.
I didn't mind anyway. I am used to digging wells with a needle. I don't go after “collecting” people. I don't try to inflate numbers by inviting everybody I know to join my networks. I do not wish for empty crowds. It's my pride.: To have so little followers. I am a proud NOBODY!
Appendix: I may be a “nobody” to most people, “somebody” to some people, I know that I am “a very important body” to at least two people in the world. And those two happen to be the most important for me. So all is in order, all is fine.
Note: If I become somebody for more people one day, I guess I will then be a proud SOMEBODY too. As I wish to have an impact on the world, to have some influence to change some things.