WordPress Identity

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When I first started up blogging here I actually had a different URL address. About three weeks in I changed it to what it is currently; now I want to change it again. I keep looking at my URL and my blog title and wondering: does this really represent me. And I’m having trouble putting myself behind it.

Also, I can’t get over the fact that “Aspirations of flight” ends up looking like “Aspirations off light.” And it sounds hokey anyway. I keep seeing blogs that have a common theme and an awesome tagline/URL that are pretty inspiring and seems to represent and help that blogger. I’m not finding the same with my own.

It’s probably ridiculous, and changing to something new causes a bunch of problems with hyperlinks and rerouting and such. But as I told myself when I changed it over the first time: I don’t have that many followers. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal. It’s better to do it now rather than later, when more people could possibly get confused.

I want something I can really feel and get behind, but unfortunately I’m probably looking for something that doesn’t exist. In the world of social media, you really only have a few minutes to capture someone’s short attention span and get across what you’re all about. Not to sound arrogant, but there are a lot of different sides of myself that really can’t be conveyed in one URL address or “About” page or even really one blog post. (As is probably the case for most people) But I’d really like to find something that represents at least one part of me. I don’t want to use a URL that’s my name, because I’m pretty dang sure I want to publish under a pen-name anyway, and I want something more original.

So I’ve been looking around. My first thought went to anything related to dragons – firstly, because I’m completely nuts about them (I mean really, who isn’t?), and secondly, because my grandfather always jokes that our family are dragons. I was thinking, What about “A Dragon’s Life” or “Dragon Heart” but of course that’s taken, etc, etc.

(Can I just briefly bitch here and say that dragonslife.wordpress.com is NOT EVEN BEING USED but someone is just camped on top of it? I mean seriously, you can’t have a cool blog URL and NOT use it.)

Basically it all leads back to an identity problem. All the really neat blogs out there are by confident people who really seem to know what the drive of their story is (or at least they seem that way). I’m still a baby trying to figure out which direction in life is up. What am I doing writing here? Trying to find some sort of direction in these random rambles. Maybe the greater issue is not so much that I don’t like my URL because it’s not me, but that I’m not sure what is me in the first place.

Thoughts? Advice? Suggestions? What helped you find your blog name, and what inspired it?

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About R. K. Brainerd

I've been writing since my pre-teens, mostly in the realm of fantasy and sci-fi. My characters are pretty much always clamoring for attention, and if I don't listen, they plague me with insane dreams and nightmares until I start writing. I also raise dairy goats, the evidence of which can be found on my Instagram. My debut novel -- an alternate-history fantasy -- it set to come out in 2018, probably Fall time. Welcome to the adventure. View all posts by R. K. Brainerd

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