Being Famous on Social Media2 min read

I already know what you’re thinking.

But what about all the influencers advertising all sorts of products on Instagram? What about the impact? The sales of their own products?

It’s almost a rule of the universe that as long as you’re being true to yourself, fame, fortune, and the latest Apple products will all be yours.

But the truth is not that easy. Not everyone who has a vlog and an over-the-top personality gets to win big. Not every guy who workouts six times a week gets to sell his programs or have his own brand of supplements.

For every Jackson Pollock, there were thousands of folks who were doing the same thing, yet never earned quite enough to make a living.

If only I could get noticed. If only I could get someone to read my stuff.

Yes, and I hope you do get thousands and thousands of folks who eagerly await for each new post, but…

Fame does not equal money, and money does not equal happiness. Or anything.

Trust me, I had fame and money, and I’d fantasize about stuff that had nothing to do with money. Or fame.

The truth is that a lot of people think fame and money to be magic solutions to problems that wouldn’t even exist in the first place, where it not for this stupid belief.

Yes, I blog about ways to get more readers. I also blog about writing, about motivation, about being tough, about being kind, about lots of stuff that will get you quite a bit of attention, but the thing is that it’s just a means to an end. All of it.

That’s the thing with everything we do in life. It’s not what we get, but who we become.

That’s the question that few of us ask, and even fewer still bother to answer properly.

It takes more than being famous

In order to make a living online, folks need to trust you.

As a matter of fact, we are obsessed with paying money for stuff we know for sure will work. We read reviews, talk to friends, ask for advice, watch unboxing videos on Youtube.

Depending on how much money we invest, we want to know as much as possible about the product/service we are about to purchase.

Trust is difficult to earn, and this is why fame means nothing, because a lot of people might follow you but never quite cared about you.


Because you don’t care about them either.

They are just a number. A statistic.

You fail to perceive them as real human beings, and thus they fail to do so with you.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

23 thoughts on “Being Famous on Social Media2 min read

  1. “who is Jackson Pollock?” just kidding. It is not a matter of questioning Art, I am trying to say that there are so many niches, crafts, people and people famous to “some of the” others but not to “everyone”. As for social media, we are talking lifestyle and sub products. This is not actually being “famous” rather than staying on top of day’s posts, images, news, trends, just floating. People don’t trust famous ones, they envy, hate, follow to just peep their lives. And consume as ordered to have a piece of this lifestyle or products used. If I may speak honest, it is low esteem people with spare money or time, following trash painted in gold. Last but not least, people will follow from curiosity, because they liked something, learned, got something for free, whatever. It is one’s duty to keep them coming back and asking for more. Of course they don’t care if “I falled from the roof (almost)” or “the best camera review, unbiased (from Canon, Sony, etc. payed resort vacations)”… Of course they don’t care if I had another panic attack just yesterday, but in long term I will look for people with similar problems…, people love to love and support or hate and just address “drop dead!” to others. So perhaps they do care enough to check back or maybe comment if we are talking blogging or social media.

  2. A good post. Wanna add: I believe that the believe IN fame itself is totally absurd. People put other people on pedestals because of what? Because they sing, they rap or act, which is literally pretending to be someone else?
    I am NOT belittling the artforms. Matter fact, not everybody can sing or act or rap or write.
    It’s a talent and it’s lot of work and dedication.
    Still I see no reason to be overly obsessed with these kinds of people when literally everyone of us could achieve some kind of fame which again would make fame useless.
    So stop obsessing over people and just appreciate and respect their art

  3. So true, Cristian. I think most writers secretly hate the hoopla side of our business. It isn’t real and that’s such a good thing. 🙂 Blessings on your weekend.

  4. ” you’re being true to yourself, fame, fortune, and the latest Apple products will all be yours ” – I sense humour here, very slightly sarcastic. Love it, like the whole post, was reading with absolute interest. Following in my Reader for sure. 🙂

  5. Man it’s so true! Thanks so much for this.

    Even if you have a load of followers people need too be smarter and know how to add value to them.

    I’ve actually been having a very similar conversation to a friend recently who is struggling with his niche.

    Have you got any tips on how to monetise this better?


  6. I love the thought of being recognized within the means of substance over form. Sigh.
    But then, regardless, likes, followers, fame fuels up the urge for more content.
    Good read.

    1. Hi Katherine,

      External gratification helps one become more productive, but it is also fickle. And you need more and more gratification to get stuff done. Internal focus, being self-reliant, that’s much better, especially in the long run.

  7. This is soooooo true!!! Small companies have started reaching out to me to give me products in exchange for my endorsement. So far I haven’t accepted because I don’t know if I could recommend their products. I am always honest with my followers on IG and my blog and will not share something with them I don’t believe in. I never want to put myself in the position that I feel the least bit unsure, so I’m steering away from that “benefit”.

    1. Well, you could be endorse only products you believe in. Tell the companies this. Ask them to offer you their products, and that you are going to test them, and only promote the ones you genuinely like. If I were a company, it would seem like a fair deal.

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