My younger sister is responsible for me starting this blog! She had heard on the local radio show some funny comment that I had made,that got read out, and encouraged me to start blogging as she thought I had unique way of telling stories about the absurd, ridiculous, as well as mundane and everyday!
Now that was a challenge! I do love words…. I love stories…making people laugh. I have been told that I am quite a good raconteur, but would all of this be enough to blog about? would anyone read it? and what would I call it? After all, the one thing I had decided was that I could not use my real name. I would be so embarrassed if people who knew me saw it and hated it, or if I unintentionally offended anyone I knew. who I might have mentioned in one of my stories.
Anyway…with anonymity in mind, in order that I would feel less inhibited about what I wrote, Edwinas Episodes was born. The reason I chose Edwina is because it is actually my middle name (after some mad aunty of my Mum’s). I really didn’t know how I was going to start, but with the help of a computer literate daughter we suddenly had a website…How exciting my own website!
I knew that Ii was going to blog about the ordinary, random, silly, and often embarrassing things that happen in my life, I had to think of pseudonyms for my husband and daughter, and although they are not the most original, they ARE the most apt! (Mr Grump would much prefer to be known as ‘Mr Still Got It’ ), and Miss Hap as something cool and trendy; so cool and trendy that me as the exact opposite, could never find the right word to describe it!
In the two months that I have been blogging, I have been completely over-whelmed with the response I have got to it. I have even amassed 70 followers! That is absolutely amazing to me, as I know one of my sisters, plus my sister-in-law read it regularly but neither of them follow it, so that meant that other people actually liked it! Now, I even get regular comments as well! That is fantastic, and really means a lot. It is so lovely to interact with other people, and share their experiences as well.
There was one thing bothering me though. Someone commented on what a nice name Edwina was, and it is a very pretty name, but it is not my name! My blog is all about humourous stories and events from my life which are all true. I felt a bit fake when I received comments from people who have used their own names, and they have addressed me as Edwina. Particularly as there are some people who regularly comment, and I have built up a really lovely rapport with them. To top it all off, a family friend of 40 years who is like an Uncle to me read my blog and wrote a lovely comment, but used my real name!
So although I am still too shy to put photos of myself up(don’t want to spoil your image of me as a beautiful, sexy slim, foxy lady) , plus I want to keep Miss Hap and Mr Grump anonymous to save their embarrassment, I am going to ‘out’ the dog, (her name is Roxy), and myself. I am Judy..and thank you so much for reading my blog.
I have similar reasons for using a pseudonym (plus a few more), one that I’ve not quite got used to. The other day when someone commented on one of my posts and started by saying “Hi El” I wondered who on earth they were talking to …
Thank you so much for commenting. Yes it is really strange to be addressed by your pseudonym. I know there are loads of reasons why people want to remain anonymous, which make perfect sense, but for me it is cowardice!! I just felt a little uncomfortable replying as Edwina.
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I have in the past used a pseudonym and I still don’t use my last name. I need to remain employable and in today’s tough job-market you just never know what will send a prospective employer running for the hills.
I wouldn’t stress over being called Edwina in your blog – also if your Uncle comments again you can edit WordPress comments by other people. Go to comments and under the comment click edit. Change the name and hit update.
I didn’t realise that I was able to edit anyone else’s comments! I don’t mind being called Edwina, it just felt a bit odd, that’s all 🙂
Hello Edwina, I’m a new follower! I saw your comment and link on 1munchingmama’s blog and I signed up. So this is the first blog I’ve read and wasn’t it appropriate! Until the last few years, I’ve never followed bloggers. Now you are my 3rd and I love it. I love it that you don’t use your real name and that’s fine with me. I will probably think of you as Edwina anyway. It’s okay with me if you blog everyday. As long as it’s interesting, and from what I’ve seen so far it is, I will read it. I would love to blog but the words just don’t come. So for now I feel that I’m a blog encourager. When the Lord gives me the words, I will write my own but until then I hope I can encourage you and others to keep up the good work.
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Hi Deb. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, and for deciding to follow my blog. It is so nice of you to take the time and trouble to write such encouraging words to me, and I do appreciate it. Once I have finished doing the NaBloPoMo during November, I will probably cut the posts down a little bit, but we’ll see. Meanwhile, I wish you all the best with your blog.
I blogged for years under pseudonym Emilia, or emmy. When blogs first started no one gave their real name. A few years ago I convicted myself because I get annoyed by people who stir up conflict and won’t identify themselves. It is easy to be rude or cruel in comments to someone if you don’t have to own your words. But whether you own your words as Edwina or Judy, you are still brave enough to own them.
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Thanks for your comment Lisa, Although I don’t want to offend anyone or be nasty to them, I know I do sometimes make fun of people. As it is usually poor old Mr Grump and he doesn’t mind, then it’s not a problem 🙂
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Hello, and thanks for stopping by. I am Judy, in my (very) early fifties and decided that life definitely gets more interesting as it goes on! I am a wife and a mum and have just finished University as a Registered Nurse, after having worked as an Associate Practitioner in the NHS. I am also a poet and the author of my debut book, 'Rhymes of the Times.' I love to laugh, and I love rhyming words too, so I joined the two together, and my book was born. I am currently working on another book in the series also. I am a prolific blogger and enjoy writing funny stories, anecdotes, and anything really that takes my fancy.
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