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Today for the Snowflake challenge we're supposed to somehow make contact with people we haven't communicated with in the past: review a story, leave a comment on a blog post, etc. I was going to ask people for suggestions to folks I should reach out to that I don't already know (and if anyone has suggestions for people in the Sherlock, Swordspoint, Doctor Who, etc. fandom or even people who are new to the Tolkienverse that I should be familiar with, I'm more than eager to meet new people), but it turned out to be a non-issue. I stumbled across a Sherlock piece on AO3 by a new author, I think a tolkien_weekly drabble by someone I haven't talked with before (at least not regularly), and a Sherlock fan stopped by my blog and left a lovely comment there as well. SO mischief managed on that count.

On another note I've been seriously thinking about a blog rebranding. Fidesquaerens was the first half of a Latin slogan from Augustine and Anselm, so it made some kind of emotional sense when I was in grad school. It's not really who I want to be any more, and I think it only ever confused people who weren't into philosophy. In my heart I'm just Marta and kind of want to be known by that name. The thing holding me back, aside from the commitment I have to online handles in fandom being steady (I think it leads to more respectful behavior all around, even if we don't use our offline names) is I've just dipped my toes into the Sherlock fandom and don't want to confuse people by throwing a new name at them. So... I don't know. I'm not crazy about the old name, particularly with how well the initials FQ describe my current thoughts toward academia when you say the letters out loud (just a little too unintentionally telling), but I'm also not sure if changing names would just throw a monkey-wrench at people.

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aliana1
Jan. 4th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I can understand wanting a new handle that fits you better...on the other hand, like you said, it also makes it easier to follow someone between fandoms and through the years if they have a single, distinctive name. I'm not super attached to "Aliana" (it's a combination of my Hebrew name and...something else I can't even remember at the moment, hehe) but I've been writing under it for nigh on ten years now, so I'm not about to change it up even if it doesn't mean anything in particular.
marta_bee
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
I think the difference for me (and why I went ahead with the change) was that Fidesquaerens wasn't the name I answer to most often in fandom. I'm Marta at various archives - AO3 and HASA for instance. It's just such a common name, it's not really available at large sites like LJ. Combine that with the fact that at one point I was much more cautious about using my "real" name, and it made much more sense at one time to have the current name. Not so much now. I'm quite liking the new LJ handle for that reason. I get why not everyone would have made the same choice, though.

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