how about me?
I really rather prefer to work away in the background, anonymously, even to the point where I'd really rather have other people take credit for what I do.
I hate attention, and it all stems from people coming up to me in the street acting like they knew me when I was in the local paper for winning a debating competition. I found that experience utterly horrific.
Nothing has happened, I didn't suffer any huge trauma or anything and my confidence was unaffected, I just hated it.
It was bad enough that people who knew me would come up to or call out to me on the street but when total strangers started doing it...
It's probably because I am extremely introverted by nature. I enjoy living in my own little world and don't often appreciate interruptions to that. I also loathe small talk and other artificial devices to keep a pointless conversation rumbling on pointlessly.
And when it's complete strangers doing both of those things...
If I could, I don't know, launch a book, attend events, give media interviews and have that be the end of it, that would be fine because that would be work, it would be scheduled and I'd prepare my public face for such a thing. No problem at all. I'd probably have a lot of fun doing it.
Except then I'd have to deal with people who recognised me from the papers, from the TV, from events, from my picture in the books and it would be a living hell for me. And that is presuming the media decided I wasn't worth following and harassing and then there's friends and family to think of too...
I'd never be able to go outside again.
No thanks. Someone else can have all the glory, I'd rather be able to walk around anonymously, not being bothered by people. :-D