Friday, December 17, 2010

What's in a Name?

What’s in a name? Quite a bit, I believe. Usually, a name is the first thing you learn about a person. Legends and belief systems believe that if you’re able to name something, you have power over that thing.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I recently changed my user name to @bookhound78. One of my reasons for the change is that I felt my previous user name, @Dark_Intruder, was too constraining. I actually adopted it from a Rob Zombie song, and it was geared more towards my love for the horror genre. But as my reading increases I’m branching out into many other genres. Plus, it sounded like I was some stalker who was going to come into your house in the middle of the night.

I also believe my goals for this blog are tied in with my user name, since you are known in the cyber world by your user name. Obviously, I love to read. But I don’t want to just be a book review site. Yes, I enjoy doing them and sharing what I’ve read with others, and I’ll continue to write reviews. I also have an unnatural love for all things horror, but I don’t want to be “locked” into one genre. And finally, I want to focus on offering proofing services in the upcoming year, so a name that’s a little more all-encompassing would be helpful.

So after much thought I’ve decided to use bookhound78. I feel it captures my love for books while not pigeonholing me into one genre or one “type” of blog. I apologize for any confusion and I promise I won’t be changing again any time in the foreseeable future. Be on the lookout for a possible change in the address and title of this blog as I “realign” to better fit my goals.

6 comments:

Skip Novak said...

Dang, maybe I should change my name to @PissesOffPeople since I obviously have a knack for it!

Jemima Valentino said...

I quite liked Dark_Intruder :)
Bookhound is fairly cool too though. Good luck with the name change, although don't forget you've done it. I changed my name once. Forgot. Total embarassment....
J

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Okay, Neal, you're keeping me on my toes. I've gotten used to Dark Intruder. "bookhound78" is pretty good too.
Christa

Neal Hock said...

Skip - That name has a certain ring to it. I think you should run with it. :-P

J - Yes, I asked for this. It's been a headache changing everything.

Christa - I just figured that since you're a den mother, you needed a den. :-D I promise I won't be changing names again. It's too much of a pain in the butt.

-Neal

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Well, come to think of it, Bookhound reminds me of that great dog, your Big Boy in Dog Heaven!

author Scott Nicholson said...

Yeah, good move, life is too short to be inaccessible...

Scott