May 13, 2005
I am familiar with most of the people who write on this blog--- not as friends, mind you--- but I am familiar with their writing. That's another strange thing about blogdom. You come to "know" a lot of people you'll probably never meet.
I believe that's one way to tell if you are a serious blogger or not. At the meet on Jekyll, we actually discussed that subject. We ALL had blog-names, and most people there used that monniker when they spoke to you. We had dax montana and everybody called him "Dax," even though that's not his real name. The same thing applied to straight white guy, although calling him "Eric" was easier than using his web-name after a few drinks.
Kim was addressed as velociman and I was called Acidman. The same thing happened to zonker and my friend catfish. THOSE were the names people used and those were the names we answered to.
It was the same thing with key monroe and moogie. Those aren't their real names, but that is the blog-person we know and that's the name we used when talking to them. I don't think anybody minded.
Anyway, after a long, rambling rant, I want you to visit chicago boyz and call them all "Chicago Boyz" if you ever meet them. They gave both me and my daughter a gratuitous link, so I'm returning the favor. The blog ain't bad--- it's more "serious" than mine, but it's good writing, which makes for good reading. And they ain't all "Boyz."
One of the things I like most about blogging is the interesting names some people give their blogs. We're almost ALL masked banditos of some kind. We have real life, then we have our alter-egos in blogdom.
I think I prefer my alter-ego over my real life.
They can call me anything, just don't call me if I am late for loving, Cat
I think I was about the only 'normal' person there!! *name wise, anyway* At least nobody called me 'meanderings'
I noticed the name thing too. I hung out for a night in Chicago a month ago with Blackfive, Laughing Wolf, Eric from Straight White Guy, Teresa from Technicalities, Tamma of Road Warrior Survival, Harvey of Bad Example and his wife TNT of Smiling Dynamite, and T1G of Drunken Wisdo. Without fail every one of them except T1G (who was a former co-worker for several years) called me "Grau". And it seemed right.
One of these days I AM going to make it down south to one of your festivals of debauchery.
Chatters are worse, chat names can be really funky and we usually shorten them. You should see the looks we get at the morning after breakfasts talking about people like Wear you out, Hodag, Joined, Spoiled, Dicklips... etc.
Livey is correct about chatters. I started chatting in the early 90's on AOL and moved to IRC, where I met my wife. We still, to this day, refer to our online nicknames more frequently than our real names. Our families took some time to adjust, and now they too call us by our online names :)
I've chatted with the same group of people for years now and 'Chabby' is just as much my name as my real name is after all this time.
Now I'm wondering what would've happened if I'd gone, and y'all had called me by the most obvious variant of the name of my blog.
Walking into a room and having everyone yell, "Yippee!" might have given me a case of excessive ego. Maybe just as well I didn't go after all.