I’m just a regular guy, born and raised in San Francisco. Which, depending on your perception of The City, may cause you to question what “regular” is. Fair enough.
I believe writers are some of the biggest risk takers around (I like writing, so it’s in my interest to paint writers in a favorable light). They subject themselves to judgment every time they publish a piece. And a small bit of criticism can cancel out a bounty of compliments. Such is life.