Day 20 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge, and I have an identity crisis!
Our platform-building task today is to perform a search on ourself, using Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.
This pointed out a big problem I have created for myself. Years ago, when I first started freelance writing, I wrote under the name Margaret Mead Cutter (first name, maiden name, married name). I also, occasionally, wrote as Margaret Cutter or Marge Cutter. I even used a pen name, Pearl Meadows, for some magazine fiction.
Now, (mumble, mumble, mumble) years later, I have re-married after the death of my first husband. My last name is now Tesch. I still have some online accounts, like my e-mail and my Twitter account, under my former name of Cutter. Some accounts, like my Facebook account, list me as Margaret Tesch, aka Marge Cutter. And some of my new accounts, started after I re-married and changed my name, identify me as Margaret or Marge Tesch. My Writer’s Digest account and my blog are under margetesch. But the books I have written in my YA fantasy series are under Marge Cutter.
Oh, boy! Multiple Personality Disorder?
The point is, all my online presence, for the purpose of building a writing platform, should be under one name. I just have to make a decision, and quickly, which name I should use.
Since I did most of my writing under the name Cutter, including the books I am currently writing and attempting to publish, I feel that may be the name by which I need to be known online. But, I am already blogging under the name Tesch. Will I lose my blog readers if I change that?
Feel free to stop back from time to time to see what I have decided – Cutter or Tesch. One of us will keep the porch light on for you.