There’s something we all do, once we have a large enough body of work under us.
We Google ourselves.
Part of it is to remind ourselves of what we’ve already done, because if you work at it long enough, you can forget interviews or small pieces or this or that. The other part of it, though, is because you don’t always know what other people are saying about you.
So we do a search on ourselves. It’s a good way to kill an hour or two. It can be fascinating what you find.
Or, it could be completely disheartening.
Just understand that in order to do this effectively, you have to have a body of work under your belt. By that, I mean published work. In order to have a body of published work, you’ve got to do the work, and you’ve got to persevere in getting it out to the public in some manner.
Now, it’s unfortunate for me that I share a name with a very famous family who’s also in publishing. (I’m just happy he’s not in comics, too.) In googling myself, I have to filter through the “other” Steve Forbes and his accomplishments—especially when adding in “editor” as one of the search terms. But that’s my cross to bear. Hopefully, yours won’t be as “difficult” as mine.
Just understand your own reasons for doing this search. Is it curiosity? Are you looking for people’s visceral reactions to your work? Will it make your work any better to see them? Will it affect you negatively if their reactions are negative?
The only other piece of advice I can give is this: don’t do it too often. I’ll do it maybe twice a year, because I’m too busy to do it more often, and I’m not that interested to do it more than that. My curiosity is satisfied doing it about that much a year. If it’s going to affect you negatively, doing it more than that is definitely a bad idea. Messing with your self esteem is never a good thing.