So, I came across this article from Levo (and I love the title they gave it in the coding; very clever!), a brief discussion on whether it may be better to be a big fish in a little pond or a small fish in a big pond. Both have their merits, as well as their downsides, and I got curious as to what my readers think and feel. Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond, or a small fish in a big pond?
Me, I’m definitely a small fish in a big pond. A very small fish. Like, minnow-scule (see what I did there?). Would I rather be a bigger fish in a small pond? Hmmm, it’s a good question, and I think it begs to ask another question: what kind of pond are we talking about? If we’re talking about the grander, big old ocean that is the literary world in general, I think I’m going to be a small fish for a while, but the nice thing is that fish will sometimes grow according to the space their put in. Keep a goldfish in a bowl, it’s going to stay small. Put him in a koi pond, he might get a lot bigger. So if I need to start out a minnow before I become a record-breaking catch, I’m okay with that. There’s plenty of other little fish to keep me company.
Now, if we look at, say, a small pond, a niche market, like fantasy or science fiction, I’m not as content to be just a little fish. I want to be a big fish in that pond for sure. But would I prefer it? I’m not sure. I like playing with genre, I like the idea of being more than just a fantasy or science fiction writer, because I am so much more than just that. Of course it would be an awesome to be a big fish in that pond, but would I always want to jump into the bigger one and wade around with larger fish than myself?
Time will tell. Right now, I’m pretty much a tiny fish in any pond. I’m a tiny fish in a little puddle. But eventually I’ll get there, and then I’ll let you know. How about you? Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond, or a little fish in a big pond?
I think I’m like you: little fish in a big pond. And I prefer it that way, because there is more room to grow! Although, if I could grow feet that would be the best… I think I’ve lost the analogy now.
LOL, evolving out of the primordial soup of constantly comparing ourselves to those around us, maybe? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could develop out of the muck and into a different plane where we weren’t so compelled to base our position in the world by the position of others?
…I think I found your analogy and warped it into my purposes, now. 🙂
I’m going to be a trouble maker. I want to be a medium fish in a medium pond. LOL
Way to screw with the system, geez!
But that’s fair. More than fair, really, and quite sensible of you, Lauralynn. 🙂