I’m already laughing at you guys, and I’ve barely started typing this post. It has become quite apparent that you all love to talk about yourselves–your age, your middle name, what have you. A chance to talk about YOU translates into many, many comments on my blog. And with good reason. It’s deeply embedded in our human nature–this desire to share ourselves, our stories. Um, isn’t that what blogging is, by definition?
Now, I’m going to try to phrase this so it doesn’t appear that I’m just fishing for comments. But, in a roundabout way, I am. (I heart comments.) I want this to be a place where you can express yourselves. And my goodness, there is some crack-me-up expression going on.
For example, I made the point that I had lots of Kellys chiming in on my posts. So, what happens the next day? All the Kellys start differentiating themselves from each other. We’ve got Indy Kelly. And Kelly Your Cousin. And Kelly, The Zoo Girl. Some of you were already signing in under pen names like Krisco and Jessicakes. So, then, Jessicakes decides to go all Jessifaithchickinalina on me. And Lady Miss, not wanting to be outdone, tacks 63 numbers on to her name (brilliant, Miss!).
So, in light of all that, I’ve got a little project for you. But first, I promised Acknowledgment and Recognition to the gals with the craziest medial monikers. I’m sorry to say, but most of you have pretty boring common middle names. The last time I asked this question I got names like Nichele and Devi and Jazmine. And Isabella Barros de Costa. I think the winner of Oddest Middle Name is pretty clear though. Congratulations, Krisha Werdehoff Fansler!! And just so we’re clear, Weredehoff isn’t Krisha’s maiden name. It was given to her at birth. And speaking of, you all made it sound like keeping your maiden name as your middle name was a given, something most everybody does. Am I missing something? I only know of two people who ever did that. Well, now I know a lot more than that, I guess.
And I have to give a shout-out to Faith Annette who recently got married to a man whose last name is Vision. If Faith Vision isn’t the coolest name ever, I don’t know what is. And I love that my sister, Stephanie Dawn, married a man with a sister named Stephanie Dawn. And that my Stephanie thinks that Marla means super awesome (rather than bitter). Aw, shucks.
So, since you’re getting all Sassy with your Sign-Ins, how about we do this? Since it’s almost the weekend, and everybody’s all giddy and antsy anyway, why don’t you think about who you’d like to be known as, if you could choose anything at all?
In the Writing World (not a real place), writers and publishers and the like are always talking about “branding.” What’s your brand? Your platform? Your tag-line? What are you known for the world over? Maybe you’re Dora! The Explorer! Or the Frugal Gourmet. Or Jungle Jack. Or The Simple Wife. Or the Drama Queen. Maybe you’re known for your Witty Wisdom. Or your Compassion in Action. Or your Bird-Watching.
Sadly, I don’t have a brand. Not really. Sometimes I’m The Girl Who Talks About Sex. Or the Maiden of Many Moods. Or just plain Mouth, as my dad used to call me. I wanted to be Word Girl. Until someone told me it was already a PBS Kids show. A day late and a dollar short–that’s me. (Maybe that should be my brand.)
So, here’s what I want to know. What’s your brand? If you could be known for something, what would it be? And if you have too many, just choose one. (Don’t let your perfectionistic tendencies or paralyzing fear of rejection keep you from commenting!) You can even sign in as one brand and explain the 9 others in great detail in your comment.
I really do love learning more about each one of you, and I can’t think of a funner way to spend my Friday (besides rolling out sugar cookies in heart shapes and manning the Cookie Decorating Station at Ava’s Valentine’s Day Party from 2:00-3:30–ugh.). And if you’re one of those people who refuses to comment on blogs where people grovel for feedback, well then. Well. Then.
I’ll set a shining example by leaving the first comment. Have a great weekend, my Punchy Friends!