Why did I change the name of my blog? Not to mention I’ve changed my Twitter name from @LawyerMommy to @SusanDiMickele. Is Lawyer Mommy dead? Done? Looking for a new identity?
It’s a good question. And some of you have asked.
As you may know, I’m pretty new in this writing business. I’m a first-time author, and I’ve been blogging for less than two years. So I try to pay attention to the experts in the business, like my agent Rachelle Gardner and social media guru Kristen Lamb, who advise us authors to use our published NAME when we write. (For example, check out Kristen’s post this week on Jane Friedman’s blog.)
But just because I’m told to do something doesn’t mean I’m going to do it. So I’ve thought about this “branding issue” for myself and I’ve concluded that it makes sense to use my full name as a writer for two main reasons: 1) My name isn’t going to change; and 2) My name is who I am.
My Name Isn’t Going to Change
I’ve been married for almost 20 years. I took my husband’s name shortly before law school and never looked back. A couple of years ago, I thought about running for political office and the powers that be told me my Maiden name, Moore, would be more “ballot friendly.” My husband agreed (plus, being a private person, he didn’t want his name smeared in a campaign).
“Suz, you really should have kept your maiden name.”
Gee honey, it’s a little late for that, don’t you think!
The fact of the matter is, I’m not changing my name. I’m Susan DiMickele (pronounced “De-Michael”). Period.
It sounds terribly simple, but it’s true. Lots of things in life change – our careers, relationships, goals – but our names generally stick with us.
Plus, I’m terribly indecisive. Case in point. In less than two years, I’ve changed the name of my blog two times. (Sorry, I’m not a branding genius. Remember I said I was new at this?)
My Name Is Who I Am
My name is no secret. I’m easy to find. I have a public profile as a lawyer and a public profile as an author. Same name. Same person. (Not to mention I’ve already published Chasing Superwoman under Susan DiMickele.)
If I was really clever, I would have published under my Maiden name (or under a trendy pen name), but I’m not that smart. I tend to let it all hang out there. Like it or not. It’s me. My name is who I am.
And I thank God some things in life don’t change!
Have you ever wrestled with the use of your name for a creative or artistic endeavor?