If you are a regular reader of Songbird's blog,
you know that "The Princess" has requested a new name. Her older
brother changed his "secret identity" a while back and now this lovely
young lady is searching for a new name on her mother's blog. This got
me to thinking. How do we come up with all of these names? There must
be at least a few good stories out there.
In honor of the
Princess I have posted a picture of one of my favorite members of
fictional royalty, Robert Munch's "Paperback Princess." She is a brave
young woman who doesn't need anyone else to fight her battles. And she
knows that what is most important isn't tiaras and finery but what's on
the inside. If you haven't read this little fairy tale, I highly
recommend it. But I digress.
The Princess is still working on this puzzle, but appreciates this post!
- So how did you come up with your blogging name? And/or the name of your blog? When I started blogging, I didn't expect anyone to read my blog! It had a very boring name, "firstname's Musings." When I realized I had readers and also noticed how many other people (cough, cough–jo(e)–cough, couch) had fun nicknames on their blogs, I wanted to join the fun. At that time I thought about the birdcage story you used to see in the header at Set Free. Reflectionary was a subject heading I used there when I blogged about the lectionary. Songbird was part of my IM nickname going back to the 90s, so I went with that. I chose it then because I was a singer and to hide from a guy who knew me on AOL as firstinitialmaidenname. (Yes, I have a past.)
- Are there any code names or secret identities in your blog? Any stories there? Lots! Pure Luck is a trail name, from my husband's Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2000. He picked it for himself in response to some very happy coincidences, including coming across a six-pack of cold sodas in a stream, left by a Trail Fairy, and catching rides very conveniently when he hoped to get into towns.
- What are some blog titles that you just love? For their cleverness, drama, or sheer, crazy fun? One I always loved is Phantom Scribbler, but she is inactive now. And revhrod, you know I love yours: "You don't have to listen. I just like to talk." As a person who has talked many a friend and family member right to sleep, it suits me, too!
- What three blogs are you devoted to? Other than the RevGalBlogPals of course! I recently gave awards to some of my favorites, and I am devoted to the blogs of those I have met in person. It's hard to give three. Hmmm. I'm always eager to click through when my feed-reader shows me posts from my will smama (and it's not too late to pledge for her MS ride, top post!), I enjoy the cat-blogging at Catz and Best Of where I am Aunt Songbird, and on a very different note, I find I can't wait to hear more from Cecilia.
- Who introduced you to the world of blogging and why? I think I started hearing there was such a thing on the news. I didn't know any bloggers when I started. I made a few posts in early 2003, then started in earnest in 2004. From both beginnings I was writing about the lectionary, the family, the pets, the challenges of balancing family and ministry, as well as the inner landscape. In those early posts I claim to be envious of those who have blogs, but I have no idea who I thought had them!
Bonus question: Have you ever met any of your blogging friends? Where are some of the places you've met these fun folks? Lots! Here's a picture of a recent blogger visit, from revhrod herself! The Princess and I had dinner with revhrod and her daughter, and you can see that Molly joined us for a blogger shoe pic! (Click through for a bigger version.)