Recently, my neighborhood listerv published a fun, flattering article about my upcoming storytelling performance at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark branch. The editor must have gotten wind of this blog through my storytelling website, because the title of the article was "Alkelda the Gleeful." As I read the article, I thought of Mrs. Wigglesworth, who performs as a certain persona. I don't have a persona, and while I wear trousers with fun patterns, I don't wear flowers in my hair at every performance and I certainly don't perform as Alkelda the Gleeful. I'm just me with my guitar and felt-board.
When I started this blog almost 4 years ago, I was anonymous. Details about how I chose my blog name and moniker can be found here. I didn't reveal private information about my life or anyone else's for that matter, but I did like being able to write, yet keep my real name showing up on the internet to a minimum.
I kept going with "Alkelda the Gleeful" because it seemed to make a few people laugh. Sure, there were probably some unkind snickers as well, but I figured if that were the case, those people were probably too cool to hang out with me anyway, silly name or not!
The newsletter article, as sweet and fantastic as it was, made me realize something that had been at the back of my mind for awhile: I've outgrown the name "Alkelda the Gleeful." It's served its purpose, and I'll definitely keep it for various username sign-ons, but I don't feel like wearing the moniker anymore. MotherReader had a good point in her "Be a Better Blogger" presentation that the reason she signs all of her posts and comments as "MotherReader" is not because she's hiding her name but because its the name of her blog. I'm going to follow suit.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it! Saints and Spinners readers, I am thankful for you in particular.