Popularity is a two-faced coin. There are no simple benefits that exclude any consequnces from existing. Neither are there mere consequences that don’t come with benefits of some sort. One of the things I’ve come to realize (not that I’m popular, though a lot of my friends are) is that popularity is a very hard thing to live with. Though there are many benefits, such as a fanbase, networking benefits, freebies, invitations to this and that party or event, and people knowing you even from abroad, much seems to be asked of popular people. It seems such a wonderful thing, being popular, and everyone wants in on it. But what people don’t seem to realize are the responsibilities that come with that popularity. The expectations that people begin to well, expect from these popular people can sometimes be burdening. Being stalked by fans, or the constant expectation to reply to comments, to update a certain site, or to keep up a certain image…is stressful. Sometimes, the burden of having to keep up with the image of what the public sees a certain person as, is hard enough as it is.
Sigh. Popularity really does come at a steep price.
P.S. Lost my train of thought. There was so much more that I wanted to add. Oh well, till next time.