This is a cautionary tale for the aspiring second and above level “Bigfoot Researcher”. It may not apply to those fourth and fifth level “Bigfoot Researchers” because they seek fame, and sometimes fortune, through bigfootery. But for any “Bigfoot Researcher” who has an identity or aspirations that transcend this little niche known as bigfootery, take note.
Let’s be honest, the “Bigfoot Researcher” is seen by the vast majority of people as a kook. They chase after a legend and rub elbows with some odd characters. 2008 was not kind to the “Bigfoot Researcher”, the widespread coverage of the Ga. bigfootcicle and how it quickly fell apart was one of many stories that had the general public laughing at bigfootery. To the regular joe, “Bigfoot Researchers” and tornados have alot in common, they both have an affinity for trailer parks.
This Coldstone Creamery commercial features both a bigfoot hunter and a “Bigfoot Researcher”. Aspiring “Bigfoot Researchers” should realize the persons portrayed are a reasonable representation of the public perception of people involved in bigfootery.
To complicate matters for the “Bigfoot Researcher” there is www – bigfootery. The web will capture your identity and maintain it for many, many years. There are places that archive websites, pages, articles, pictures and all manner of content that makes it to the world wide web. Some of these places are a boon to The Bigfootery Enquirer, as words, deeds and pictures are readily available for harvest. In the future you will see how these things can come back to haunt “Bigfoot Researcher” mavens. You may be asking yourself, so what if www-bigfootery prominently displays me as a “Bigfoot Researcher”? Two things come to mind. Individuals use google and search engines to find out about people, whether they be a potential date, a neighbor, a co-worker, an in-law or a fellow member of a church or other social group. Even more serious is the fact that potential employers or customers may search your name on the web and on networking locations like myspace. Could such a find kill a job offer? Perhaps. It would be interesting to survey hiring managers to see if finding a video of someone hunting bigfoot was more injurious to the person’s reputation as opposed to say a video of the person intoxicated and playing beer pong. Again, if you life is so limited that becoming a media star in bigfootery is a goal you crave, then it is no problem. But if your life extends well beyond this odd endeavor, then one must be wary of the Scarlet B. I end this post with a link to an article from the person who coined the concept of the Scarlet B, it is instructive and illuminating for the “Bigfoot Researcher”. You can’t say you have not be warned.