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I Need a New Handle

I've been going by 'Fiat Lux' online for 4+ years now, but I think it might be time for a change.

I'm getting very tired of being called 'Fiat' by people, for one thing. I'm a person, not a car. Yet for whatever reason, people fixate on the first part of a name when creating a nickname, not the second half.

As I've said before, I'm also getting very tired of having my comments on Wordpress blogs filtered into the bit-bucket because whoever runs the Akismet spam filters decided that the phrase 'Fiat Lux' is spam.

So what are my options?

I've been using 'rslux' as my blog handle on Wordpress blogs recently (it's also my Twitter handle), so that's one option. It's not terribly catchy, though, and it incorporates my middle initial, which I don't usually use, so it has the potential to be confusing.

I could also start using my real name more. It's not my first choice either, because frankly it makes me feel unsafe. Being female and having an easily Google-able name makes me gun-shy of putting my full name online more than I need to, although I'll be the first to admit that any information any stalker could ever want or need about me is already available online, one way or another. Plus, if I were that concerned about my privacy, I would have picked some other domain name for my blog.

There's also an argument in favor of using my full name -- doing so is better for my own personal branding. But as Kathy Sierra saw, that's a very two-edged sword. I'm just not sure I want to go there.

I suppose I could split the difference of all the options and switch to using 'Lux'.

There's one other issue to consider -- there are some blogs where I've been a regular commenter under my current handle. I either have to keep my current handle, or risk losing my identity and credibility on those sites.

What do you think?

Comments (4)


Whatever the new handle is, keep 'Lux' as part of it. I've even included in the name of my Blood Elf Paladin a while back when I learned that it means light:


Your first and last name also sound pretty good.

Fiat can definetly go.

How about [real first name] Lux?

I think you are right to avoid the use of your real name.

I vote for Lux. Cool, and close enough to your prior name that folks will recognize you.

@seamus -- if I do that, I might as well go all the way and use my real name.

And in fact, I tried leaving a few comments with my full real name on a couple of blogs yesterday, and it felt oddly naked to do so.

Am leaning towards just going with lux.

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