Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Five: What's in a Name

RevHRod says:If you are a regular reader of Songbird's blog, you know that "The Princess" has requested a new name. Her older brother changed his "secret identity" a while back and now this lovely young lady is searching for a new name on her mother's blog. This got me to thinking. How do we come up with all of these names? There must be at least a few good stories out there.In honor of the Princess I have posted a picture of one of my favorite members of fictional royalty, Robert Munch's "Paperback Princess." She is a brave young woman who doesn't need anyone else to fight her battles. And she knows that what is most important isn't tiaras and finery but what's on the inside. If you haven't read this little fairy tale, I highly recommend it. But I digress.

1.So how did you come up with your blogging name? And/or the name of your blog? I had a name for my blog before I had a blog. When I moved out here to the prairie, I fell in love with the light. I moved in October, and there was just this quality to it that drew me in. I photographed it, I wrote about it, I obsessed about it. So when I was noodling around with the idea of a blog....well of course PrairieLight just had to be it! And my name evolved from my vanity plates which are "drkate" coupled with ordination as it seemed to capture my many hatted identity.

2.Are there any code names or secret identities in your blog? Any stories there? I seem for the most part to keep it simple, using just initials for people. The only complicated one has been since my separation trying to figure out what to call the person who formerly was my Dear One or DO and now my XDO! Yeah. And I did have to giggle at one point when I was feeling a little less than warm towards said blog sisters were right in there with me in solidarilty if not exactly Christian charity, tying to come up with some names!

3.What are some blog titles that you just love? For their cleverness, drama, or sheer, crazy fun? Oh way way too many to list, and kind of like the academy awards, afraid I'd miss someone...let's just say I am constantly amazed by cleverness and plays on words that people can come up with related to the church, scripture, etc. And of course there is the "parental pride" we all feel towards the blog we helped name while on the BE!

4.What three blogs are you devoted to? Other than the RevGalBlogPals of course! By the time I have read all my blogroll blogs I don't have a lot of time to go roaming elsewhere. I try to check on the Episcopal blogs with some regularity to keep up with church news, and lately that has been about it. My Bishop is blogging as he goes to Lambeth and that has been great to hear from him "on the ground" there.

5.Who introduced you to the world of blogging and why? I first heard of blogging on Textweek and followed a link to Blogger. I set it up, did one post and forgot about it for over a year. Then about the time of the 2007 FoH, C told me about the RevGals preacher party. I checked it out on the Saturday that everyone left behind was partying and I was shocked and appalled! Truly. (Y'all have to remember that I was newly minted and still pretty uptight at that point.) But I mean! Preachers and pastors talking about teh Clooney and massages and pedicures and such! Well fortunately for the state of my soul I got over my little self and gave RevGals another chance, dipped my toe in the blogging waters....and the rest has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me! I have written at length on my blog about the transformational aspects of blogging, as least as it happens here, so won't go there now....but, yeah, it's a good thing, as Martha would say.

Bonus question: Have you ever met any of your blogging friends? Where are some of the places you've met these fun folks? Oh heavens yes! I met my first RevGal in person, Diane back in the Fall last year up in the Big City when I was tooling around the state for some church stuff. We had brunch with her lovely husband, and had a great meetup. I got to see her again at the FoH this Spring, too! I also got to meet a whole bunch of all y'all at the BE, and see some of you again at the Festival and then meet new RevGals there too! It is sooooo cool to meet people in person. I still have the BE picture on my computer as my screen saver and all of those lovely smiling faces greet me each morning as I start my day and bring back memories of our time together. I am hoping for more personal meetings in the future at RevGal events and in other ways.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

It was fun to read how you came up with your blog name and blogger identity.

God_Guurrlll said...

I have the BE picture on my screen saver as well! It makes my heart warm everytime I see it.

Great play. I am so glad to know you!

Peace and love,

Wyldth1ng said...

Has everyone met Diane but me?

good play.

Jan said...

So many of us have met Diane! Her hospitality and friendliness helped me to fall in love with Minneapolis.

I loved the way your name came about and also appreciated your ex's.

Singing Owl said...

LOL at number five. I know what you mean by the light--we lived in North Dakota and the light and the skies were notable.

I wonder why there was no party this year among the left-behind folks at Rev Gals?

mid-life rookie said...

Okay now I get Prairie Light. Glad we had this f5 to learn more about each other.

writing as eliza said...

I love how you came up with your blog name!

RevHRod said...

Prairie Light! I miss it. They just don't have it here! Prairie light on dry corn stalks in the fall when the sky is silvery blue. I miss it.

Thanks for a lovely play.