I am thinking about what to say about what I do when I meet new people.

I am getting rather tired of saying I’m a family doc, but I am only working a little because I had my fourth pneumonia, on oxygen for a year and a half, blah, blah, blah. Too much information. I also am tired of the reaction to “doctor”. People are weird about jobs, they categorize and are often hierarchical.

So, how do I describe myself?

Disabled divorcee, not employed? Um, still TMI.

Writer? I have one friend who introduces himself as a “junk mail writer”. He won’t tell them that his clients are the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center and so forth unless they ask more questions. Some people just dismiss him instantly.

Blogger? No, I don’t think so.

I looked up an article on “influencers”. It is ostensibly written for companies looking to place products on blogs or whatever platform and it breaks the influencers down into groups. With 1000 followers, I am categorized as a “nano-influencer”. That cracked me up. I think it would be fun to see what reaction I get to that instead of to Family Practice doctor.

I just repaid my license for two more years. I still am very interested in working with Long Covid people, but I do not want to run my own business again. So, I am considering approaches. And do I really want to risk another pneumonia? Well, being alive is a risk, after all. And it always ends the same way.

Blessings from your nano-influencer!


For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: influencer.

I took the photograph at the start of the Swinging by the Sound dance weekend.

Here is a fabulous video of a Shag Dance warm up and then couple dancing. Wow!

8 thoughts on “Nano-influencer

  1. “Hi. My name is Martha and I love dogs.” I’ve realized recently that living with dogs has been the great achievement of my life and realization of a childhood dream.

    All the other stuff I’ve been and done and am and do? Pretty irrelevant except to me. I think of that line in Electric Horseman when Sonny Steele is arguing with the corporate head and says, “Sir, I used to Rodeo and I was good.” The corporate head says, “That’s irrelevant.” Sonny says, “To who?”

    Pretty good summary.

  2. If you’re going to call yourself an “influencer”, I’ll have to deny being influenced by you in any way. ;) That it is one of the worst titles I can think of. I’m about to let my license expire. I will now be an ex- again, with my third different license expiring.

    • drkottaway says:

      Well, I don’t have the advertising turned on my blog, so it’s sort of moot. I have been approached by email about “writing a post for your blog”. When I go look at their blog, it often has articles with no attribution and no explanation of what the article is based on. I ask them what science references they will use and what their science background is. To date none of them have replied.

    • drkottaway says:

      Maybe I could be an “uninfluencer”. Heh.

  3. curioussteph says:

    A conundrum for sure, explaining oneself in a sentence. The nano version. You just renewed your license, and I decided to let mine expire. Different places.

    • drkottaway says:

      I am still working a little. We’ll see. DEA comes up next year, I think. Money money money.

  4. Lou Carreras says:

    Not all of us have one sentence blurbs that easily tell people who we are. Some of us require paragraphs.

    • drkottaway says:

      I had someone ask me recently “Is your house paid off?” I respond, “What business is that of yours!” Another woman applauded, heh.

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