Crisis of Online Identity

So I’m going through something of an identity crisis at the moment.

It’s something that happens to me, oh, about thirty times a day.

Every time I log onto Twitter or Tumblr or my Facebook page, I ask myself the question:

Derek Zoolander Knows My Pain

And I never really know for sure.

See, because while my name is Kat in the real world (or Kathryn, if you’re a family member or are angry at me for some reason), online I’m known by my username, Penrefe.

I’ve become strangely proud of the name. I go insane every time YouTube tries to lure me into using my real name on its web site. I am not Kathryn on YouTube, YouTube. I am Penrefe on YouTube.

Penrefe is my username on just about every web site I’m registered on. I even bought a domain of a discontinued e-mail service to get my username back on IMDB: that’s how insane dedicated I am to my moniker.

As anyone with a favourite username will tell you, your online alias is more than just a name. It’s the embodiment of who you are online.

And yet Penrefe is me. Just me. Penrefe is K. L. Kerr is Kathryn is Kat. We are all the same person. But who am I? Who do I want to be known as?

It’s a difficult choice, especially when I’m a writer with books to sell, so I often think I should be pushing that side of things (which was the reason for my initial change to KLKerr.com last year). You hear all these things about branding and centralising so that people can easily find you, and blah blah blah blah blaaaaaaaah.

But I’ve decided to move everything back to Penrefe.com, and build everything on the name I’m best known for*, even if no one is really 100% sure how to pronounce it**.

TL:DR Basically, this was an incredibly long-winded way of saying I’ve moved my site and its contents back to Penrefe.com. 

This will have no impact on your life whatsoever.

* Second only perhaps to Catrinna, the Draenei hunter.

Catrina, Bigwig, Winston, and Willy.

She’ll be back eventually, NuGenites. So will Winston. And Bigwig. And my One-Eyed Willy. Warlords of Draenor, woooooooooooooooooo!

** It’s pronounced pen-reef.

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