I’ve seen this term tossed around a few times in recent weeks. Who and where, I won’t say.
Oh, my word. For real?
Here’s the thing. If you have to qualify your fame by calling yourself “Internet Famous,” you’re not really famous.
Oprah. Famous. Not TV-Talk-Show-Famous.
Micheal Jordan. Again, just famous. Not NBA-Player-Famous.
Justin Bieber. Famous. (However sad and wrong that may be.) Not Teen-Heart-Throb-Singer-Famous.
Real fame doesn’t need to be qualified, because you’re a household name. Everybody who doesn’t live under a rock knows who you are. People in countries other than the one you live in know who you are. People stalk you, and dream about being you, and want a lock of your sweaty hair to put underneath their pillow.
I’m so tired of the drama that goes on in the blog-o-sphere and the Twitterverse. Who’s on what top 50 power list? How much Klout does so and so have? Who got a free refrigerator?
How about who really cares?
So what if you have 50,000 subscribers, and two million hits a month? Do you realize that there are 300 million people in America, and 6.8 billion in the world? Your “huge” subscriber list is like a teeny-tiny crumb on a piece of the whole enormous pie.
Oh, you think I’m just bitter and jealous because I don’t have 50,000 subscribers, do you? Maybe. A little.
But my point is, whether you do or you don’t have a large readership, just get over yourself. Humble yourself. Stop trying to one-up everyone else. Stop trying to validate yourself and what you do with stats. Stop taking yourself so seriously.
Yes, you may be good at what you do. You may be successful in the eyes of your peers. In your circle you may be well known. You may be at the very epicenter of the blog-o-sphere.
But, when you call yourself Internet Famous it just makes me want to laugh at you, and kind of takes away all your credibility. You’re trying too hard to be something you’re not.
Here’s another newsflash. Even if there are 12 million blogs in the world as estimated by Technorati, there are 6.788 billion other people in the world who couldn’t give a flying fig about the size of the number in your FeedBurner widget.
So, please take out that line in your bio about being Internet Famous.
It’s right after the sentence where you call yourself a Social Media Wunderkind.