Notice my traffic this week versus the first 13 days of the year.
My traffic is double this week over previous weeks. I’ve had more people tell me to “fuck off” this week than ever before. I’ve also had more people tell me “I love you” or “I love this” than ever before. (More unsubscribes than ever as well. I’m doing a better job getting rid of the wannabes and supplicants.)
The point is we want to read and feel the real you. Not the sanitized web-only version. If I read one of your essays and then meet you in person are you going to be somebody else? I’ve often found that to be the case. Not just a smaller version of the same, but completely different people. It’s lame and it’s sad.
In an ever more competitive marketplace of attention, those who connect will be those who are themselves, confidently, shit stains and all.