There are some inevitable things in life. Your black clothes will always be covered in cat fur by the time you get to work, despite the fact you brushed them clean before you left. It will always rain when you decide to hang your clothes out before going out for the day. And I will eventually grow out of my internet identity.
At the end of 2005, I became Katiefoolery. This was at a time before facebook had really taken off, when your username identified you more than your real name and “Katiefoolery” felt like me. It’s almost difficult to believe that we were still avoiding the use of our full names on the internet in 2005. Things change at a ridiculous pace on the interwebs, don’t they?
Seven years later, and it’s starting to feel as though Katiefoolery is no longer quite right for me. I am still fond of it, but it doesn’t exactly feel professional. Would I be taken seriously as a freelance writer with “katiefoolery” in my email address? Would I be happy sending editors to my katiefoolery.com website so they can sample my writing?
I’m not sure.
Compounding all of this internal debating is a blog post I read yesterday: Should a writer have a blog? The answer to which question is apparently: yes, no, maybe. Or, for the extended answer: if it works for you, do it; otherwise, don’t feel obliged to have a blog because you think you should.
My problem is that I think I should, because I enjoy writing in my blog, but I’m not sure it should be this one. On the other hand, I’m not sure any other blog would be that different, simply because it had a different name. Unless, of course, I put in to practice my plan of writing weekly blog posts. There are three reasons for this idea: weekly blog posts would give me a deadline, contain more attention to detail and give me more of a chance to hone my writing skills. That’s not to say I don’t put a great deal of time into writing blog posts now (especially the ones that contain photos), but if I approached each blog post as an article, it could benefit both reader and writer.
And this is where I am now – in a very confused place indeed. Do I change? Do I stay the same? Does it really matter?
It’s at this point that I realise I should ask for advice, particularly from those of you who have changed blogs or who might keep a blog or website as an online writing folio. Is it worth making the change to a less frivolous-sounding name? Is a weekly posting schedule a good idea? Or is all of this — as the Chef suspects — a novel form of procrastination? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.