Please state your full name for the record.
Um… just Robin?
Well no, it’s not like I’m a pope or a popstar or something. Of course there’s more.
And after a decade and a half (or so) of drifting around the internet, I guess I’ve gotten used to just going by my first name. The truth of it is that if one cared enough to know the little details (like my last name) the information is readily available, but like, why bother? I’m here to have a little fun, and hopefully entertain a mind or two in the process. That’s it. That’s all.
Ah, ok then. Is this the same reason why you don’t use the full names of your family members?
Essentially, yes. That, and the fact that they all have pretty unique names… I figured using first initial only will make it less likely for them to come up in a google search of their names, and thus, the sometimes, somewhat personal stuff I talk about on here won’t be so easy to reach for those that know them in the really-real world.
It’s more for the teenager than anyone else. I don’t want to be “that” mom that spilled the beans on an embarrassing childhood story, only to have her friends from school find it by simply entering her name into google. I don’t think she’d be too happy with me if I did that.
Actually, she’s a pretty cool kid and she’d probably just laugh it off, but still.
And do you like your name?
Names are important.
Yes, I get that… but do you like yours?
Sure, now, but when I was a kid, I hated my name.
I think it was partly because I have the male spelling of Robin—due to being named after a dude and whatnot—but it was also because of the constant sing-songing of “rockin’ robin” that I had to endure back in grade school. It was a good-natured kind of thing, but it used to drive me nuts.
I can’t really say when I started to actually like my name, but somewhere along the way it began to feel right. Now I can’t imagine going by any other.
I see. Why “scrambled bacon”?
So there I was back in May/June, contemplating a return to blogging and brainstorming a good name. I had a few really great ones, including an old domain that I loved writing on, but going old when I was looking for new didn’t feel appropriate, and none of the new names I’d been brainstorming seemed to fit just right. Or, at the very least, they didn’t seem me. It was one of those things designed to keep me up at night.
And then one night I was lying in bed, staring up at the dark ceiling as the clock rolled towards 2:00 A.M., when all of a sudden, scrambledbacon.com popped into my head. It may well have been the late hour, but I thought it was brilliant! I snatched my iPhone off the night table, did a quick search and found the domain available. After that, things started coming together.
But what does it mean?
Oh, I guess I can see how that might be a little confusing.
You see, when I decided to return to blogging, I was looking for a name that would point towards the general disorganization of my thought process (scrambled by nature), while simultaneously speaking to both the diversity of my interests, and one of my greatest talents: making due with the imperfections I was born with.
Please explain that last statement.
A “scramble” in the kitchen is generally an amalgamation of a bunch of different ingredients; this blog is an amalgamation of a bunch of the different parts of me. Plus, if you’ve ever attempted an omelet only to have it break on you, you know a dilemma I know well; toss it out and start from scratch, or salvage the mess by making it into the tastiest damn scrambled eggs possible.
I’m a salvage the mess kind of girl. It’s kind of a metaphor for my life I guess… y’know, salvaging messes and making them useable.
Plus, I really like bacon.
Interesting. Do you have any questions for your reader?
Hey now, I know I have at least two!
My bad… do you have any questions for your readers?
A million at least.
How about just 3 for now?
- Do you like your given name? If not, what would you choose if you had the opportunity to change it?
- Do you use your full real name (and the names of friend and family) on your blog, or do you use initials and aliases?
- How did you come up with the name of your blog? And does it still fill its original purpose to a T, or have you managed to turn a broken omelet into a scramble?