In common law there is a well-known rule called the Eggshell Skull rule.
Say you are having an argument with your friend. The argument starts to escalate and out of frustration you grab your mobile phone, throw it in your friends general direction and he gets hit on his head.
You didn’t know it, but your friend suffers from a rare bone condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and therefore suffers from a skull fracture and dies.
The law says that it doesn’t matter that you didn’t intend to kill your friend, it doesn’t matter that you didn’t know about his condition. You threw the phone, it was all your fault.
Physical injury, to which this law applies, is one thing but there are many other types of offence in real life. And in real life, offence and defence can’t be as clearly divided as you might expect.
In a soccer game for example, when does merely playing defensively become playing offensively? If the other team starts to behave more and more aggressively, then your team will have to play more defensively and at a certain point, you will become so defensive that you are actually playing offensively.
By putting your work out there into the world every day, by playing things with the right amount of caution, by surviving just another day…
…by merely being defensive you are causing an impact.
What does this mean for you as a writer, a blogger, an entrepreneur or freelancer?
It means you are not as weak as you might think.