Sunday, July 14, 2013
I have a confession: Sometimes I "Google" myself.
Although I can't make claim to the complete absence of ego in this, I'm not entirely motivated by vanity. As a self-employed, self-representing independent artist sort of guy, I am always looking for ways to promote my work. Sometimes I find surprising blog posts or other online content about me. This gives me an opportunity to say "thanks" to whomever is responsible for the unexpected pat on the back.
Unfortunately, however, my name isn't an altogether uncommon one. When my name is Googled, a lot of people who aren't (or weren't) me come up in the search results. To make the process of searching for me a bit less confusing, here are a few of the common not-me's:
•The "other" J.R. Williams - another cartoonist (1888 - 1957), known for his "Out Our Way" single panel cartoon, distributed to newspapers via the NEA Syndicate. We weren't related, but here's a Twilight Zone moment for you: Our names were exactly the same ("James Robert Williams"), and...he died the year I was born. Cue Rod Serling.
•JR Williams/Island Male Graphics - Beefcake photos of young, mostly unclothed & very buff male models...not that there's anything wrong with that...just not really my "thing."
•J.R. Williams, country music singer from Australia.
•The J.R. Williams Co., Inc. - Precision machining & manufacturing specialists.
•Hank Williams, Jr. - another country music singer. Again, no relation...but I did once do a portrait of his dad.
There are certainly more, but you already get the picture. Try it for yourself, if you like. Better yet, I'll save you the trouble:
CLICK HERE to Google me