This is my 200th post.
How did I get here and where am I going? Actually I tend not to get too introspective about all that; I just post. One thing I have thought about recently however, is changing my blog name.
When I started blogging, I will admit part of my aim was to keep myself exposed as a writer while I a) got off my fat arse/fanny (American version) and finished my next book, and b) convinced my publisher that I was still a viable option for them. (Damn this stupid economy; it's made the publishing industry as a whole a bit lily-livered. - Quoting Shakespeare, just in case anyone from the office is reading this!)) Expat Mum seemed a very sensible name as that's what I am. I probably also found that anything else I came up with was already taken.
Now I often wonder if I've boxed myself in. I love being part of the Mommy/mummy blogging community but that's not all I am. I also love being part of the expat writing community but I'm more than that too! Then I remind myself that keeping "current" in these two communities is more than a full time job so I shouldn't really think about extending my blogging responsibilities. Besides, what would I call myself?
I briefly thought that Expat Tone (geddit?) would be good, but it's not a good URL to have. I have visions of people missing out one of the T's in the middle, being sent to that page that tells them the blog name is, in fact, theirs for the asking, and never bothering to try to find me. And then there's the problem of telling y'all that I have changed my name and my web address. What's the chances of every one of you making the necessary changes? I suspect that I would lose (and miss) more than a few of you if you're anything like me.
I hated my name growing up. Come on. How many English, female Toni's did you know back in the 60s and 70s? And being called Antonia in the north east of England? I got my head kicked in on a regular basis for being posh.It's all very well for Ms. Fraser, who I believe is now a Lady, but for a Geordie. Please. (I actually like it now thank goodness. And no offense/offence to another blogger.) All that being said, it would never have occured to me to actually change it, not least because my mother would have hit the roof.
So, in short, I'm sticking with Expat Mum. Unless anyone comes up with something so brilliant that I can't resist it.