I hope you're not being sarcastic! LOL I'm starting to wonder why on earth did I start this knowing how painstakingly most people tried to come up with aliases for very obvious reasons that I must admit I am aware of? I hope this does not make me look stupid! Or should I start pleading temporary loss of sanity So should I take that you wouldn't share yours? LOL
My real name is.... wait for it.... Maddie Ruud! My full first name is Madeleine, but nobody cares to pronounce it correctly (the French way). Actually, people have a hard time with the last name too. Nobody wants to say "rude" for fear of being so.
My name is, surprise surprise, 'Amanda Severn' Really truly, would I make up a name like that? Friends like to call me Mandy, and it was once suggested to me that I change my name to Mandy Lifeboats, but I managed to resist!
I think this is a very legitimate and interesting question. There seem to be four general categories of hubbers: 1. The convicted felons or chronically shy -- user name and avatar give no clue to their real identity. Hmmm. What are they hiding? Examples: Spryte, Shadesbreath 2. The recently parolled -- their name is identifiable (in case their PA needs to find them) but they employ an avatar that hides their actual features. I mean, why should the rest of HP know they recently got out of the slammer:-)? Examples: William F. Torpey, Christoph Reilly, Shalini Kagal 3. The probation set -- These hubbers are self-confident enough to show their true faces to the rest of the hubber world. But they employ a clever user name because they're just ust to being, uh, shady. Examples: Gamergirl, Gwendymom, MistyHorizon, Countrywomen, Goldentoad, Sixtyorso, Oh, and me:-)! 4. The upright HP citizens -- These hubbers have nothing whatsoever to hide. They are proud of their hubs, have clean records and don't care who knows their true identities. Many examples here include Maddie Ruud, Dorsi, PGrundy (who I believe is off parole now as she changed her avatar from an baby pic of herself to a current pic), Eric Graudins, etc. etc.
Again, thanks for bringing this social stratification issue to light. MM
MightyMom- Thank God I was spared from being a convicted felon (but feel sad for Shades/Spryte). Btw what is this double meaning body parts hubs floating around these days? Is the recession causing us to bare our soul (or rather body) so much
Miss CW I got a shock yesterday i think when i got a mail saying Miss Cindy had published a hub titled I want to show my ******.... Damn was i badly disappointed. Really cracked me up. You know the way she writes. and today something about titties. Got to go over and have a look. (Fingers tightly crossed)
Firstly Rodney Fagan, no not of Dickens's Oliver twist, although I have been known to lift an occasional piece of silver or ash trays, seriously, I am the type of person who is a plain and simple just.me.
Mighty Mom They could also be sneaking around on the Witness Protection Program, examples Constantwalker, Paraglider and our favourite Jericho. I think Sixtyorso could also be on the WPP list.
Anyone who's ever read my profile knows my name is Rae.
What I think would be a lot more telling than real names is real pictures. I think a lot of Hub authors would be shocked to find out how many women on this site are really men, i.e. all those "ladies" from India who do nothing but post Hubs of pictures filtched from Bollywood sites.
MM, how did you know? btw, it's actually parole, I've done my time now and even got out early on good behavior. So I shall spend some time being good and keeping my nose clean and stuff like that, for awhile, at least the next year or two. But I will probably revert back to my normal bad behavior, because it's just so much fun.
Mine is also a French first name-- though I'm not really sure how the French pronounce it, beause no one in our family is French. I say "Row-shell". My mom wanted to call me Shelly, but thought that sounded like a nickname. A neighbor, couldn't get the hang of Shelly and called me Shella-- and that's the one that stuck. I was always Rochelle in school and real life-- Shella in the family. No felonies (so far).
I am an introvert and work with public, so I do not feel comfortable putting my name online. If I publish a book one day that may change, but for now I do not need any more stalkers to google my every move. It happened a few times and I would never want to compromise myself again. I share my name with people I talk to on the email, but in most cases they are level headed people .
I am glad you consider me level headed and haven't disclosed my name too. Btw let me congratulate you in advance for the upcoming book which I hope would become a No.1 Best seller. Yes even I feel once we know a person well then we can communicate by emails but until then privacy should be protected.
I totally understand that... and I think more women are conscious of this. Since I have a book published in my name, I figure I might as well use it. My picture is real-- sort of. Has a 'drawing' overlay and shadows which works better than antiaging cream for hiding wrinkles.
I am Dineane. Maybe I should write a hub about my name. You'll find me quickly in a google search, although in the last couple of years I have noticed a few other people showing up with that name. I don't think my maiden name (Smith) is on the internet, but I'm out there as "Buttram" and now "Whitaker".
If you scan through my 149 hubs, Mighty Mom, you'll find my parole is up and a photo of yours truly appears on two of my hubs. Bing Crosby's postage stamp appears as my avatar for the obvious reason that he is far better looking than I -- and a whole lot more talented. If Bing's image prompts anybody to listen to at least one of his songs (besides "White Christmas") or one of his movies (besides "Going My Way") then I'll be a very happy jailbird.
You actually only met my alter-ego Ag, who I might add is over sulking behind Chi Chi's door . I'm the poor smuck who has to do all the typing and only allowed out every Halloween to scare the kids away!
Smarty-pants! This is just festive Shirley. My pic will go back up after the holidays. If I ever get someone to take a current pic of me, I'll replace it. The one I've been using is almost 2 years old. Time and the wrinkle faerie have been around since then.
I just have the idea that might do the trick! Why dontcha incorporate your pic somewhere in your current pic! Like instead of a star, you can have your pretty smiling face up there! Besides, it's befitting of a star hubber
My real name is Benson Kwok Fai Yeung. I once used the pen name Walt McCarthy, a nice guy I know of living in Chicago. Why did I do it? I guess I didn't want my English and American readers to get distracted by my race and heritage. After a while, I thought putting my real name down will make me write more responsibly. I had to write slower though. Does it mean anything to any fellow hubbers reading this?
Good thing you realized that race or color or creed have nothing to do with good literature. A good reading is a good reading. I think using your real name, considering the reasons why you did not use it the first time, only means you have more confidence in and respect to your writing. And they say what you give, you get back. Respect begets respect.
PS I don't have anything against those who refuse to use/give their names. I respect their reasons for standing by their decision not to. To each his own. (I think I'm running out of cliches to dish out!) LOL
Hi, Shirley, thanks for the kind words. I was out saving the world's economy (dropping my kids at McDonald's and my wife at a jewellery exhibition). By now I should be at least hundreds of HK dollars poorer, if not tens of thousands. So I write to soothe the pain and hope it doesn't show in between the lines. So they were right in saying that writing is therapeutic. Glad that someone likes it.
I'm not sure where I fit into Mighty Mom's scheme of things. While it is true that Crash Cromwell is not the name my mom and dad gave me, it was an important part of my image in college. It was the air name I used in my radio show "Crash's Clambake." Many people didn't realize that James Henry, editor of the college newspaper, was Crash Cromwell, the insane radio guy, and there are people to this day who still call me Crash or Mr. Cromwell.
Then there's the issue of my picture. The picture I use is about 10 years old, and my wife tells me I should change it because I don't look like that any more....gained weight, lost the glasses, no goatee. I use it, though, because I think it's the best picture ever taken of me. Plus, the eye doctor tells me that one of these days I'll probably need glasses again due to advancing age, I could grow the goatee back pretty easily, and I'm losing weight like a banshee, since finding out I have Type II diabetes. My goal is to be off insulin by spring, and I've lost 30 pounds, so I'm well on my way there! So maybe that picture will wind up looking pretty accurate!
I must admit that it was terribly difficult coming up with the alias of Pam Roberson, and I suppose this is the right time to reveal my real name...ChiChi Chamois.
I'm joking, kinda, ok...my real name is Pam Roberson, and the only problem I have with using my real name is that I'm finding myself wanting to share more personal things in hubs and comments, but I can't. It wouldn't be right to expose certain personal things that involve other people, like my family, and current situations for the whole world to see. I have been sharing a great deal already, but I also feel a responsibility to not share more sensitive things. So I see the real value in also having an alias, and I'm in the process of figuring out who or what that will be.
Hi Pam I didnt use my real name for the reason you are going to make an alias. Sometime I may want to put private information in hubs about people close to me and I dont want anyone to be able to figure them out, just in case : ) But maybe I should make hubs with my real name, too!
Yes, that's exactly why I chose to use a pen name - it gave me freedom to share things I couldn't otherwise. I started out with just "Marisa", which is a play on my real name. Then Helium (where I was writing at the time) starting insisting on a "real name" so I added Wright (Wright - writer - geddit?).
My decision was reinforced when an acquaintance had her identity stolen off Facebook. All she had on there was her head-and-shoulders photo, full name and date of birth - but that's all you need to fake a driver's licence. That convinced me to stick with the pen name!
BTW Rochelle - the French would pronounce your name "Raw-shell" with the emphasis on the "shell".
Mrs Evil (Chi-Chi)Pants, if you did assume the mantle of Evil's wife (I shudder at the thought)fancy Evil (bob) having to contend with two Mrs Evils (Roberts) . We would still know who you were , so you still could not spill any skeletons , or drag any dead beans out of the cupboard. Just a suggestion why not "Pam Robertson"?
Alas, I doubt I could fill the evil pants of Mrs. Evil and do her justice, but I sure do like the name. I'm giving it tons of thought, but I know I'd have to go through some kind of 12-step program first to stop dragging out dead beans and rattling skeletons.
*rubbing chin* Hmmm, Pam Robertson...how brilliant...nobody would ever know who I was. LOL! Good one! That opens an entire realm of possibilities.
Hey Cris -- yeah, a Hub-directory with everyone's names might be nice. I like some people's nicknames, but it's interesting to put names with faces (or avatars).
My real name is Sheila Tombe, not Teresa McGurk, but I'm commonly known as "McGurk" by some of my family members.
I didn't choose the name at random, nor is it an attempt to be anonymous. I've published some stuff under the name Tombe, and used to write for a local weekly under the name McGurk. So I kinda answer to both.
The name Tombe was originally Tomb, French, Huguenot. My grandfather put the "e" on the end, but it didn't stop the jokes, and I was often referred to as a grave little girl in my childhood.
In my teens, I tried to convince my father we should change the family name to "Biscuit-barrel" but he refused. Huh.
If you are any way familiar with politics and religion in Northern Ireland, where I grew up, you'll recognize that Sheila Tombe sounds kinda Protestant and Teresa McGurk sounds kinda Catholic. In a bid to resolve sectarian violence in the province by procreative means, my family (traditionally Protestant, but as we know there have been many Republican rebels who were Protestant -- an ancestor, Henry Joy McCracken, was hanged in Corn Market in Belfast) has tended to marry Catholics; hence I was raised to understand that religious differences were sources of connubial and domestic bliss, not paramilitary maneuvers.
My mother actually came up with the name Teresa McGurk, it being the most Catholic-sounding name she could think of on the spur of the moment when quizzed by her mother-in-law (who used intermittent senility as a cover for general insolence) (my mother's name was Phyllis Maud Conn). Teresa McGurk then became the family avatar and perpetrator of any misdeeds no one wanted to own up to. She even had a brother, Sammy, for a while.
My mother's father worked in the shipyard, and was a gregarious and generous man who would entertain the friendship of anyone he pleased, "be they Protestant or Catholic, Hottentot or Jew," a statement that would be an amazing lack of political correctness today, but back then illustrated his true openness to ideas.
It's easier to type Teresa than it is to type Sheila. I'm lazy. It stuck.
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