Coming up with partial pseudonyms (or even full) isn’t uncommon nowadays, especially with the extent of how crazy the internet is nowadays.
Take it from the girl getting unsolicited dirty Snapchats and messages. The internet is crazy nowadays, and a girl has to look out for her safety and well-being!
I had thought about adapting a partial pseudonym (well… Chrissey isn’t my real/official name even though 99% of the population calls me Chrissey except for most of my family… but I’d rather not toss my birth name into this convoluted story) since I started this blog. The truth is though, I just couldn’t find a last name that “clicked” with me. I had always envisioned myself as Chrissey (blank) of The Unabridged Sass, in formal terms. I envisioned myself as “Chrissey of The Unabridged Sass” informally.
I mean, it’s not a crazy concept. You have Amber Fillerup of Barefoot Blonde, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere! Tee Drummond of The Pioneer Woman! I just never got around to it, and liked that everyone calls me Chrissey. So, I forgot about it.
You know, until all of this blog drama-rama started and I realized that I really should just come up with a last name already.
Even the really, really terrible ones. I had gone down the entire list (there was like, fifty), and it seemed like the only options I hadn’t tried were Mussolini, Stalin, Putin, Hitler, and Trump, none of which I was even considering.
I had decided that Hawthorne was going to be the winner, and adapted it as my pseudo-last name for approximately forty five minutes, until it hit me.
I’m Chrissey (Last Name), but one day I’ll be Chrissey (Last Name)-(Husband’s Last Name). My last name is going to change, but regardless… I’m still going to be Chrissey.
This name, that I chose myself (my mother still sometimes sassily comments that she gave me a beautiful birth name that I tossed aside to be called Chrissey), is always going to be mine.
Hawthorne didn’t resonate with me enough, and it didn’t feel… right. I was going to make digital business cards to share my contact information for my blog, and just having Chrissey as my name felt so incredibly incomplete. But I was definitely not going to put my real last name on there.
Plus, you know, on the rare chance my blog gets super big… I’d want a last name for myself on there that I genuinely love. Not one that I would later regret!
And then, as I was talking to Charlotte (she is the bomb dot com, definitely go check her out! She’s like the cool older blogging sister I never had), it hit me.
I had jokingly pitched it before, but hadn’t considered it. So, I tested it out on my social medias… and it just felt so right. I can’t explain it.
(PS, Donald, if you’re ever reading this I’m a super cool lady and super single!)
It just felt so much more right than any of the other things I chose, and my loved ones that read the blog would instantly chuckle. I plan on hyphenating my name when I get married, and I’ve joked that many a time that I wouldn’t take someone’s last name unless it was Donald Glover.
So… Chrissey Glover it is!
Do you blog with a pseudonym? Would you ever?