Say My Name! Say My Name!

November 1, 2011 On My Mind 28

Loved their songs!

It’s pronounced Viet. Babe.

As in, I’m Vietnamese (proud of it) and I’m a Babe (it’s the truth)!

I’m sure anyone who stumbles across my blog (even those who have been longtime followers), sees my email address or Twitter handle ask themselves, “What does her (blog) name mean?”.

Who wasn’t on AOL back in the day?!?!

Back in the good old days when there were AOL chat rooms (remember those?!?) and Instant Messaging, people had to choose unique and interesting screen names. I came from the generation where “3 = E” and after playing around with some names, I developed “Vi3tI3abe”, where the “I3 =B”. Ordinarily people would just use a lowercase “l”, but I liked using an “I “since my name is Vi (pronounced “Vee”) and I’ve trademarked that moniker all over the web. All of my IRL friends know whenever they see that, it’s me!

Seeing this little guy brings back memories.

It’s my email address, my screen name, my Twitter handle, and I incorporated it into my blog name, opting for the “B” instead of the “I3” to make it simpler, but still leaving the “3” in place of the “E” in Viet.

Complicated? Yes! Describes me? Absolutely!

I will tell you this though, I didn’t plan on naming my blog “Confessions of a Vi3tBabe”. I definitely wanted to keep my moniker and somehow work around that and I thought the whole “Confessions” part would be cute and playful like “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (one of my favorite books, btw). That was back when I just joined the blogging community and discovered the world of Mommy Bloggers and the like. After over a year I’ve come to realize “Confessions” is quite played out and a bit long for a blog name.

Read. This. Book.

Sometimes I wish I could change my blog name, but I honestly wouldn’t know to what. Plus, I’ve branded myself so deeply into this name that, even though it is a bit long and played out, it works for me. It definitely speaks the truth, because I never lie on this blog (unless its for privacy/protective matters) and I haven’t come up with a good enough alternative to go with my moniker.

So. This is me! This is my blog! And I’m sticking to it!

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28 Responses to “Say My Name! Say My Name!”

  1. Eclipsed

    Stopping by from SITS

    Sometimes I wish I could change my blog name too, but I'm balls deep in it already so I might as well keep it around. And I still have an AOL account which is so lame that it's kind of cool. Right?!

    • Vivian

      Haha, yea, everyone was confused at first, but now I just redirect them here and they get it. I do love that I’m somewhat different. 🙂

    • Vivian

      Aww, thank you so much. That means a lot, really. I always feel a bit self-conscious about it. 🙂

  2. Stephanie's Mommy Brain

    Sounds like you put a lot of thought into your name. I put very little thought and wish I could change it. But, after4.5 years I’m pretty branded and changing now would be like going back to square one. So, for good or bad, looks like we’re stuck with our names. 🙂

    Happy SITS Day!

    • Vivian

      Haha, yea, I guess we are. I like yours though, Mommy Brain – ain’t that the truth! 🙂

    • Vivian

      Thank you so much, that means a lot. Yea, I’m trying my best, we’ll see how that goes haha. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Kimberly Gauthier, Adventures in Blogging

    Visiting from SITS!
    Love the explanation, because I didn’t get it. I feel like I’m the one person who never approached AOL. By the time I got online, it was all about Yahoo.

    I know what you mean about “confessions.” My other blog was going to be Confessions of a Fur Mom, but ended up being Keep the Tail Wagging, because when I Google “confessions” I realized that I’d miss the boat.

    Now that you’ve branded yourself, you’ll be fine – in fact, better than fine, because you have a following!

    Good luck in med school! What are you studying?
    Kimberly Gauthier, Adventures in Blogging recently posted…How to Make Money Blogging | What I’ve Learned about Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

    • Vivian

      Thank you so much, yea Confessions is a bit overused, but Vi3tbabe is all me! 🙂

      I’m studying to be either a Pediatrician or an OB/GYN, any field with babies is the one for me, haha.

    • Vivian

      Haha! People never really know what it is until I explain it. How’d you get vitamin? Just curious. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Vivian

      Thank you so much! It means a lot to me, really. I still get self-conscious about it sometimes, but it’s me and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

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