Most of my Facebook and IRL friends would know by now that my husband and I are separating. This is not a post about that. There are parts of my life that I will keep separate to my “life out loud” here in social media spaces.
No, this is a post about new beginnings and identity.
Sure, this is a sad time for me. It marks the end of a chapter in my life. I’m grateful for the good times spent and for the lessons I’ve learned. But now my thoughts turn to the future and what my next steps will be.
I’ve been giving some thought to my name.
For the last five and a half years I’ve been FionaWB. Very identifiable and unique. I am the only person in the world with this name (if a Google search is anything to go on). However, I do have the desire to move back to my maiden name.
Many of my friends and followers in many spheres of my life did not know me prior to my marriage and may not identify me by my former name. What’s more, it’s a very common name. Even the addition of my middle name into the equation doesn’t make me unique!
Anyway, this all leaves me thinking about my name and how much of it influences who I am.
Given that most of the Twitter handles which meet my criteria for a new name are already taken there is one that keeps turning and churning over in my mind and I’m seriously thinking it ticks all the boxes for me.
Here are my rules:
- It must be short. My current name is 7 characters and I don’t really want to exceed 10. Shorter names allow space for longer replies, retweets, etc.
- No non-alpha characters. It’s easy enough to use numbers and special characters on a keyboard but I’d say most people are tweeting from other devices and non-alpha characters are just that little bit harder to locate.
- I don’t want to be locked in to a profession or hobby or interest of any sort. Sure I’m a librarian and I love being one but it’s not the only thing I am nor the only thing I tweet about. I’m a music lover, organist, cardmaker, and a million things besides which is why I don’t want to be locked in to one aspect. I just want to be free to explore life’s rich tapestry.
- It should not mislead. I have not liked the name “Fiona” for most of my life but I’m starting to accept it. I prefer to be called “Fi” and cringe when it is spelled “Fee”. While I love being called Feebs, it doesn’t resonate as particularly professional and it would tend to suggest the spelling “Fee” rather than “Fi”. So I think I’d prefer to stick to “Fi” or “Fiona”…or even “Fifi” which is kinda sweet and is a name that I don’t mind being called.
Having jotted all of that down, it would appear that I really am quite particular about these things!
Anyway, I do have a name in mind but I’m keen to see if anyone has any suggestions. Let’s call it an exercise in crowdsourcing. I crowdsource my fashion choices pretty often…why not this?! 🙂
So, over to you!