Who Am I?9:41 PM
That got your attention didn't it. This is a post that I've been thinking about writing for a long time. It's kind of a introduction post and kind of a clarification post.
I want to talk about my name.
Around the time I started this blog, I decided to come up with a pen name in case I ever wanted to publish a book under one. Then, because I was paranoid over revealing any real-life information (courtesy of the mom), I decided to use that pen name as my name on Life of a Random too.
In other words, Skylar Finn is my pen name and identity in the blogging community. I love it! I probably will write something under it, but...at the same time, I want people to become familiar with my real name too in case I ever publish anything under that or even meet some of you awesome people in real life.
My real name is Selena Hughes. I go by Selena to almost everyone I know. No nicknames because...um just because.
This brings me to a tricky situation when I do guest posts or collaborations. What do I say my name is? What do I put in my bio? Also, there's the weirdness of signing my emails. Huh. Am I Skylar or Selena when I write emails?
And it seems a little weird when I sign everything as Skylar/Selena. It's confusing (because they start with the same letter) and not professional looking at all. I did make it a point, though, from the beginning of Life of a Random to make sure it was very clear in the description on the sidebar that Skylar Finn is a pen name. I've put my real name on my 'about me' page. I even added it to my Twitter:
I have debated on whether I should stick completely with Skylar Finn or my real name, and finally I think the best thing would be to work towards being known equally, or almost equally, by both. A great example of this would be The Magic Violinist aka Kate Foley.
Skylar Finn equals pen name. And my real name is Selena Hughes. Just for clarification ;) I even prefer being called Skylar on bloggy things like commenting so don't worry about addressing me as Selena always from now on. I just wanted to make everything clear!
Are any of you trying to work through these kinds of problems too? Have any of you figured out a non-awkward way to deal with it, especially in emails? Tell me! (And that was meant in the most undemanding way ever.)