If I tell you my real name I bet 50% of you will open a new page and Google me.
Am I right?
Remember… Curiosity killed the cat.
When I started my blog I had read most people change their names to protect their identity and this made complete and utter sense to me seeing as how I am fairly certain I will be the one blogger to get a stalker and I will surely be murdered on my way to get a mocha.
So initially I went with “The Girl” as my name.
But then one day, I was asked for my first name and I was in a panic so I said that my name is “Laura.”
I totally lied. Don’t hate.
Laura was my BFF in elementary school.
Learn something new every day, dontcha?
Now, this went along swimmingly until I started making friends and getting “involved” so to speak.
And then I started to feel kind of guilty and deceitful.
So I am thinkin’ that it is probably okay for you to learn my real first name.
I’m pretty sure nobody is going to stalk and kill me just by learning my first name, right?
My name is Erika.
Now, Emily is not really Emily. Sarah is not really Sarah. They are minors and they will stay protected.
Although, some days…. Well… some days I am really busy and have a lot on my mind and I do call them Emily and Sarah in public.
Emily finds it amusing or annoying depending on her mood and Sarah grabs my face with her teeny tiny hands and says, “No Mommy. My name is _____, not Sarah!” as if I have some sort of mental disability.
Of course, then there are the other days when I just mix them up anyway and call Emily “Sarah” and Sarah “Emily”.
I confuse easily.
And then there is Tyler…
Tyler is the name my husband wanted to give to our baby if we had a boy. I do NOT like the name Tyler. Specifically because he wanted to call him “Ty” and to me, a “Ty” takes steroids.
No offense to all of the Tylers in the world.
For blog purposes, my husband wanted to be named “Jethro” and I just would not have that at all, so I gave him the name Tyler since he loved it so much.
However… the name Tyler has caught on at work and his co-workers call him by his blog name! Isn’t that the best?
Thanks guys for taunting my husband. It just makes my day to taunt him.
Jim and Tina are my parent’s real names.
Our pets chose to keep their real names as well.
And as for me, I am sorry I haven’t come forth sooner. I won’t feel bad if you forget and send emails to Laura or The Girl or whatever other moniker you choose to give me.
Now while I go all around the internet changing my name I want to know this:
Do you share your real name? Why or why not? How do you sleep at night, if you share your full name!?