I've been getting emails and messages from others who own Tiny Homes about how to deal with media curiosity. Sometimes I feel like I'm a novelty show in the era of "bigger is better", and sometimes I ask myself how many more interviewers and photographers I will let into my personal life and space. I get it--they want to understand what it is that sparks inside people to cause them to suddenly say "No" to the "desirable" societal norms where we can go as big, as fast, and as far as possible.
How much do we say? How much do we want the entire Internet seeing, knowing, and critiquing for years to come? Will it end your privacy? Open your life to scrutiny and invasion? Put you in the spotlight of the powers that be?
There is always more than one way of looking at it--potentially negative or potentially positive. I say potentially, because this is your home, and this is your life--make it what you want.
1. "No comment." Make friends with this phrase--it's not rude in media circles, it says "respect my space." You can choose what you want them to know, and you have every right to state your boundaries and have them respected.
2. You'll survive the whole process. If you want your privacy back, simply disappear from view. It helps to identify what your goals are in receiving exposure, and speak to those ends. Your life purposes and goals are your own. If you want to impact change, inspire or educate people, poke holes in how life "should be", exposure can help you--but identify your goals and establish your boundaries of privacy. You can choose to fall back into obscurity at any point, as exemplified by many celebrities who spent years in the spotlight.
3. But, don't read the comments. Seriously. Understand that anonymous people living on their couches live to criticize, and they all know how to do it better than you did it, and they'd change probably everything you did to do it better, faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.
4. Make it work for you. If you're nervous about by-laws and zoning regulations, you can either live in fear and tread softly, or you can choose to be on the forefront of change. Communities all have Official Community Plans--when your OCP comes up for discussion, show up. Speak about the advantages municipalities and Tiny Home owners would experience through change. Living in guilt or shame or hiding causes people to believe that you are guilty, so live with head held high, and people will start to shift their thinking. But be patient. It takes time.... sometimes, a lot of time.