He clarified, thankfully, by asking which groups of scholars would know my name or my work. I asked why that matters; as long as I'm writing at home with my cats and my wife, I don't need to be known. I wasn't understanding his point.
"To build an academic career, you need to be known."
That makes sense, I suppose. You have to publish papers and appear at conferences to earn tenure. You must be a part of the "community" to reach the top of the field.
I doubt I'm destined for the top of rhetoric or writing studies. I'm on the fringes of the community.
My friend advised me to focus on the communities I would…