Site Changes and Names

I’d apologise, but I doubt it will be long before something else changes, though I’m much happier now with the readability of the text. This is supposed to be all about the words, after all. I’m not too enamoured with the menu at the bottom of the page and the banner image needs some work. But overall, it will do for now.

So that this update isn’t all dull near-apologies about the colours changing, I wanted to touch briefly on why I finally caved in and started a site using my real name, rather than the pseudo-anonymity of an alias. The short answer is that it’s the same reason that I removed the word “aspiring” that used to prefix the word “writer” on my Twitter bio. I decided to take the writing seriously and just because I’m not published or don’t have an agent or whatnot, doesn’t  detract from the fact that I am writing every day. As J.C Hutchins writes, you’re either writing, or you’re aspiring to some day write. If you are writing, whether for fun or profit, you are not aspiring, you are a writer.

The other reason was that I realised that anonymity on the internet doesn’t mean much these days. It’s either paper-thin and hence redundant, or it is so impenetrable that it actually gets in the way of readers interacting with you. As I said above, I’m taking the writing seriously and I want this to happen under my real name.

I do still have an employer who pays me wages for things that have nothing to do with writing at all, but my extra-curricular activities don’t detract from my job and, as it says in my disclaimer, “the opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent anyone else’s view in any way, including those of my employer.”