#1 – What’s in a name?

Please state your full name for the record.

Robin.

Um… just Robin?

Well no, it’s not like I’m a pope or a popstar or something. Of course there’s more.

And…?

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.

Seriously.

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.

Hmm, okay.

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?

Okay:

  • 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?

9 comments on “#1 – What’s in a name?

  1. Hi Robin, that was a great read! I'm new to your blog so it was nice to get to know more about you. As far as your questions go: 1. I don't like my given name, and haven't since I was a kid, so I shortened it when I was 8. 2. I use my real first name but not those of my friends and family. 3. The Telethon Runner is relatively new but I've been posting on my baking blog (thatbakergirlblog.wordpress.com) for a few years now. Both are pretty much self-explanatory, although the telethon includes movie reviews and not just TV recaps. Lina
    • I'm so loving The Telethon Runner, it's crazy. A lot of your tastes so far seem to pair really nicely with mine, so it's always a fun read. Anyway, thanks for responding! Isn't it funny how many people are (or at least were at some point) unhappy with their given names? My youngest is going through a stage right now where she keeps trying to get us to call her by one of her middle names.
  2. Since I'm new to your blog, this was an interesting post. To answer your questions: 1. Yup. I used to not like it, but when i got a bit older I like it very much. 2. No. I have an alias/pseudonym that I have been using forever for all my online activities or creative output, but my alias is actually a part of my real name. 3. The Writing Vessel is a pretty new blog, not my first and only blog but a new one just the same. At the moment, it still is what I meant it to be, a place (vessel) for my writing. It was nice to know you Robin and get so understand the story behind 'scrambledbacon.'
    • Hey, thanks so much for commenting! I've used aliases in the past, when dealing with my both my fiction writing and my true-life story stuff, and so far I find it a little more limiting having opened myself up to people I know in the really-real world. Limitations can make things interesting though, so we'll see how it goes. This was a pretty weird post, I admit, but I find people incredibly interesting, and I'm always curious in their stories... I thought this might be a fun way to encourage a little back and forth.
      • You're welcome. My experience has been quite the opposite. The less demographic and real information I share the easier it is for me to write, but we shall see how it all unfolds.
      • My experience has been quite the opposite. The less personal/demographic information I share the easier it is for me to write and the freer I feel. My previous experience--sharing my real name and my demographic came with expectation and stereotype, which made me feel limited. Ah well. Maybe it has more to do with the kind of writing? I don't know. We shall see how it works. This post definitely is interesting. Keep these things coming :)
        • No, what I meant is that for me, writing in the past under aliases was easier... this is more challenging. I find it harder to hit "publish" on a lot of the things I write when it comes to this blog, because I have to be accountable for it in my real-world life. I'm trying to find some kind of balance though.

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