No, I am not referring to the awesome spy show with Jennifer Garner when I say alias confession. I mean the names we use when blogging or commenting.
On Monday, Racquel at the Book Barbies and Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads started an extremely fascinating discussion on Twitter about name alias and whether bloggers use one. It got me thinking about whether you, my dear readers and friends, know that Cee isn’t my real name?
The not-so secret is out! ;D
Why did you decide to use an alias?
- I’m a spy.
- So the Justice League and the Avengers don’t find me.
- To stand out. I haven’t found a lot of Cee in the blogosphere and I want to be ultra-special! ;D Also, I don’t find my actual name all that exciting.
- I don’t want people I know IRL (like school classmates) to find me. I admit that I creep on people I know when I find their blog or Instagram, and I wouldn’t want somebody doing that to me. My blog is my safe space. I don’t want old classmates invading that. (Yes, very hypocritical of me. :P)
- It gives me the freedom to act like myself. Fangirl and all that awesomeness ’til my heart’s content. There’s no baggage and history with my real name.
- Privacy reasons. Gotta protect myself. Also, I feel vulnerable using my real name. It’s like I’m revealing too much about myself that even my friends don’t know. (I mean secrets in general. My friends obviously know my name.)
Is Cee related to your name in any way?
Nah. You can’t really make a good nickname with my real name.
What made you decide on the name Cee?
I actually don’t exactly know the reason behind my decision. I think Atonement influenced it (because it’s one of my favorite films) and my love for the names Cecelia and Seymour. To me, it made sense to adopt Cee as my own.
Also, I can make puns with Cee because they are awesome! Sea = Cee. :DDD (Though you can make a pun with my real name, but I’ll most likely punch you in the face since it reminds me of when kids made fun of me because of it.)
What were the names that didn’t make the cut?
- Vivian (this was a name my mom would’ve named me)
- Elle (I was really in loooooovveee with this name, but I knew somebody who went by that name, so I had to pick another name to make it not confusing.)
Why don’t you want to reveal your real name?
- I’m a spy. A supervillain. I need to keep a level of intrigue and mystery. Plus, if superheroes figure out who I am, they’ll be knocking on my door (if they can find it). We can’t have that. ;D
- I’ve been Cee for so long online that I feel awkward to drop this whole ‘nother name on you. I feel like it’ll throw people off and confuse them. I don’t want that! Plus, I’m no different if my name is Cee or Serena or Barbara or whatever. I am just me. With a different name.
- Cee is, essentially, my real name. It’s just not my birth name. If you call me by Cee, I’ll most likely respond to it.
- Again, privacy reasons. I put so much of myself on the Internet that I want to keep something secret.
Do you separate your alias name from real life? (Like does your family call you by your real name and such?)
Yes. If I could, I would want my family and my friends to start calling me Cee. I haven’t told them (and I probably never will) because they will most likely find it weird. Sure, they’ll indulge me, but it’ll be hard for them to call me by Cee when they have called me a different name for so long. I think I would find it weird if they start calling me Cee because of that exact reason. (With people who already call me Cee, not weird at all.)
Isn’t it hard to maintain this alias?
Even after seven years, it is a bit hard! I get uncomfortable sometimes because I feel like I’m pretending or not being truthful to you and my family. I don’t publicize to friends and former classmates that I run a blog because 1. it’s my safe space and 2. those people will most likely question why I use one. I feel like they’ll laugh at me for not wanting my real name out there when they are able to put their own name out there.
Why isn’t Cee your real name instead of your real name?
I ask myself this question every day.
Will you tell me your real name?
See, I feared people will ask this question. Cee may not be the name my family or friends outside my blog/Internet call me by, but it is very real.
Cee is me, I am Cee. That’s all that matters.
It’s totally cool if you have an alias. A name shouldn’t define who you are, nor should it change how people perceive you. A name is just a name. (Well, most of the time. ;D) And if you are comfortable using a different name, do that.
Do you use an alias? If you do, is it a nickname from your real name? Or is it totally unrelated? Why did you decide to go by this alias? If you go by your real name, did you ever think of using an alias? What name would you have gone by?