Wednesday, January 2, 2019
It's not logical, but this silly bit of bling did make me feel warmer. I don't know what it is about seeing your own name on things, but it's real.
So is that it? Is that a reason why you want to see your name on a list of contributors? Because in a weird way it makes a mark, or proves you exist? The bottle on the left only proves that "Alex" is a common enough name to make it worthwhile changing the template on branding for a day or two ... but as an Alex (sort of), it feels like someone cared enough to add that name to their list.
Okay, let's say you want your name acknowledged. Clearly, I can relate to that, in this context at least. Is there a reacharound we can both embrace? Is there a way to put your name ahead of mine on a post, an object or on something I'm designing?
I think there is. The most popular post on this blog begins with the name, "Blaine H." He didn't write the post, but he made the point that GM's guide was wanted. His was the spark that started that post and ultimately my book How to Run. Arguably, he started my adventures to selling at game cons and even the RPG 201 course, as I've continued to try and answer his proposal.
As a reader, how would you want your name to appear here? In what sense? Do you want to put yourself in front of these other readers, like some did on the Authentic podcast? If there was a Tao of D&D coffee cup, would it make it more valuable if your name was on it? Because I can definitely make that happen.
Let me know. This sort of collaboration doesn't make me feel exploitative. I don't feel bound by it and I don't feel I'm cheapening myself or my brand reaching out this way. If it's a way of meeting my reader on an equal basis, person to person, I want to embrace that.
Those things matter to me.