I've been asked about this constantly, and I compare it to how if you're walking down the street and some schizo guy comes up to you and vomits on you: You wouldn't be hurt by that, you'd just think it's weird.
It's just that what's important there is different there than what's important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
At a magazine, everything you do is edited by a bunch of people, by committee, and a lot of them are, were, or think of themselves as writers. Part of that is because magazines worry about their voice.
Alfred Russel Wallace