Being an unknown writer is not the most optimal state of affairs - I mean what writer does not want readers to find their book(s)? - but obscurity does have some benefits. Warranting little attention gives a writer a certain sense of freedom. For example, I am too small of a wave to rock any boats; hence, no one has ever bothered to tell me shut up or made any effort to shut me down. I am certain these circumstances will extend into the future, but I sometimes wonder, in these of days of rabid deplatforming and censorship, whether my day will come despite my seeming irrelevance.
This may sound paranoid, but I believe it will, and unlike the big names, I doubt anyone will even notice, let alone care.
I am preparing for that day as I write this. Being obscure is one thing. Being silenced is another matter entirely.