On using my own blinkin’ name!

Right, so I’ve been a busy little bee getting myself websited, twittered and facebooked up in preparation for having some online e-course goodies of a get-you-off-your-behind-and-creating sort of nature.  You are watching this space, right?!

It just makes no sense to come up with some business name for all this, so I’ve decided to just be ME, so people know who they’re actually interacting with.  But it feels quite strange!  I’ve had a big old attack of THE SHIVERS thinking ‘Wow, my friends are going to think I’ve got an extra swollen head here, making a fan page for my own bad self’.  

I wonder if other artists get this?  I mean, if you are a painter, musician, whatever, you generally have your own name as a ‘brand’ and it feels…. well… quite personal.  Which, I guess, is the whole point!

Holy crap!  Can I not just send one of my alter-egos to do it?!

In these days of social media, where I can tweet my favourite artists and have interacted on facebook with one of my heroes, writer Graham Burnett, as he fought serious illness last year, I get this feeling that a fake persona is just not going to cut it.  

One thing I know is, *I* want to interact with real live people with proper names, not brands or pseudonyms, and I am guessing so do most other people.  

So here goes – please ‘like’ me, in an artistic sense, here, if the notion takes your fancy!


On using my own blinkin’ name! — 4 Comments

  1. I’ve sort of done both. All my social media is under my own name, But I also run a website that sells my art. On the site I do identify myself, but the name of the site is arts-fine.co.uk I choose this because in the world of search engines I wanted to be found. Having art or painting ect in the name of your website really does get you more visitors. As few people will know to look for you any other way than “painting for sale” ect.. that said, if you google my name, you find my site too, so that isn’t an issue. I also choose it because I have big plans and one day maybe I’ll have other artists on the site too.

  2. For years and years I had an alter-ago online – she was so much cooler than me with flaming red hair and an Irish accent(!)
    But after my stroke 7 years ago, and the struggle to relearn to read/write/operate the computer, I decided I just wanted to be ME… I was the one who had survived, I was the one thrilled to still be here…
    There is real power in a NAME, and though I don’t really like the one my parents gave me, or my married name for that matter, the two together have been my identity for almost 25 years (how have I been married that long!!), finally, I am who I am both online and in real life
    Hooray for you, Jani Franck 😀

  3. I love this comment so much – joining all the parts of our lives together is so empowering!