What’s in a Name?

*Sigh* The more often people assume my blog’s name is the nick I go by, the more I think about ditching the pseudonym altogether. I’ve been using it for a long time and it’d be weird to abandon it. If you want to know where it came from, read the explanation in the left column. One thing I didn’t mention there is that I’d decided that only famous people ought to use their real names on their blogs. Sure, if I were Hugh Hewitt, I’d have enough name recognition to not use a pseudonym. "Funky Dung" is unique and memorable (if only because it’s odd). "Eric Williams" is not. It’s about as generic a name as one could have. I guess if my name was John, like many of my ancestors, my name would be even less unique. Then again, if people forget my nick and call me "Ales Rarus", how memorable can it be?

I wish my readership was bigger so I could get lots of answers to my questions, but those readers I have are loyal and honest, so here goes.

Should I stop going by "Funky Dung"? If so, should I adopt my blog’s name or use my real name?

Comments 10

  1. Funky Dung wrote:

    cue Twilight Zone theme…

    Posted 14 Feb 2005 at 1:27 am
  2. Powerball wrote:

    Dear AlesFunkyEric:
    The blog is your kingdom in which you rule. Call yourself whatever you like. Personally, I would not change a think. I’m stuck with my nickname and I did not choose it. However, most people only know me by that name and the way I see it, with all the people in the world if you remember anything about me I’m honored.

    Posted 14 Feb 2005 at 7:59 pm
  3. MM wrote:

    From my perspective- blogrolling is the link listing of choice.

    So with “Ales Rarus” you’d probably be at the top of the alphabetical listings.

    Only thing is… you get someone with a super long blogroll, what will people do? Look for links that appear interesting, on virtue of name only. FunkyDung might win that race on certain blogs and sites, Ales Rarus might on certain other blogs and sites.

    So, what kinds of sites are you mostly being linked at?

    Posted 13 Feb 2005 at 11:16 am
  4. Funky Dung wrote:

    I get linked as Ales Rarus, which is what I want, so not problem there. The issue usually comes up when people respond to my posts on their own blogs. Naturally, they write about me in the third person in order to respond to my points. Frequently, though, they call me “Ales Rarus”/”Ales” rather than “Funky Dung”/”Funky” or “Eric Williams”/”Eric”.

    Posted 13 Feb 2005 at 1:18 pm
  5. Alexa wrote:

    I LOVE the name Funky Dung!

    Posted 13 Feb 2005 at 11:46 am
  6. howard wrote:

    I used to refer to you as Funky Dung, only because I couldn’t tell if you wanted your name to become the focal label. As far as that goes, I generally thought of pseudonyms as only being for those of us who don’t offer our real names.

    Come to think of it, in honor of my preference, I’ll drop the “h2″ label in favor of my actual name, for this comment at least…

    Posted 13 Feb 2005 at 5:33 am
  7. Amy wrote:

    I vote that you take on an additional name… just to confuse the poor suckers even more 😉

    Or, if you really like Funky Dung, you could put a by-line at the top of the blog so that everyone knows that Funky Dung does the writing.

    Posted 13 Feb 2005 at 9:40 am
  8. Funky Dung wrote:

    Where did you get that nick?

    Posted 14 Feb 2005 at 9:20 pm
  9. dom wrote:

    who cares ?
    If people come to your blog .. read it … reply ?

    you could be arse rules or .. no I won’t go into the f.. dog scenario

    Posted 14 Feb 2005 at 12:51 am
  10. Rey wrote:

    Yeah, that was my problem. I didn’t know that Funky Dung was the same as Ales Rarus for the longest.

    Posted 14 Feb 2005 at 12:21 am

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