I spent ten years of my life writing on the internet, and for the first 3 years, got paid mostly in bylines.
Bylines, for those who don’t follow journalistic lingo, are a fancy name for the author’s name on a piece.
As an ego-driven bunch, writers care a lot about bylines. Writers reading other writers seek bylines out when they start reading a story (so to later know who to envy or disdain or both).
But readers don’t care about bylines, and most don’t even notice who wrote a piece. Bless the ones that do care, but for the most part, if readers notice anything about a story, they notice the publication.
If they share a story or mention it to a friend, they will say, “Oh, the Washington Post had a great story about how acetaminophen kills empathy.” They won’t remember the piece’s author Alice Ellis Nutt at all.
And the thing readers care even less about than bylines are author bios.