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What is Vanessa Blaylock’s online identity? As tends to happen to women, I’m changing my name. Are women property? Perhaps. I’m not changing my name because of a man. I married Ze Moo at Covent Garden in London on 4 June 2011. He’s an amazing man (and an awful playboy!) He really gets me. Better than anyone I’ve ever known. Sometimes better than I understand myself. It feels so great to have someone who deeply understands who you are. I love this man.
Even so, I never took his name. No “Vaneeesa Moo.” On Facebook he listed us as In An Open Relationship. I was pleased to learn that puts us in “The 1%” at Facebook. Still, I am changing my name. My ass is corporate property. I guess I can tattoo “FB” on one cheek and “G+” on the other.
I’ve exclusively and consistently used the name Vaneeesa Blaylock for over 4 years now. But when I made a Facebook account the Virtual Nation-State informed me that if I wanted my Virtual Green Card, I’d have to change my name to “Vanessa.” Later when I applied to Google+ for dual citizenship, apparently they signed on to some sort of Berne Convention too. “You can have your dual citizenship with Google+. You can have all the rights and privileges it affords. But we need you to change your name to a spelling we like.”
Those events are in the past now. But a couple of days ago my pal Berry wrote a post on how everyone should “claim” their Google Authorship. I had already done this. But my results were a little unimpressive. Then I realized that Google Authorship wants posts by “Vanessa Blaylock.” Here on iRez there are 471 posts & 41 pages by “Vaneeesa Blaylock.” There aren’t any by “Vanessa.” Changing your name to satisfy a corporation is kind of humiliating. But I’m probably the only one who really cares. Most people seem to think I’m “Vanessa” anyway. Maybe it’s just a lot of self-perception.
Vaneeesa Blaylock is dead.
Long live Vaneeesa Blaylock.
I’ve had to be Vanessa Blaylock on Facebook, Google+, and all the sites using Facebook Connect for some time now. In more emancipated worlds, like Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and others, I’ve let my Vaneeesa flag fly. Today I changed my Twitter & WordPress names to Vanessa Blaylock. I can’t say I love it. But it doesn’t feel that bad. Just a little humiliation in a life that probably had too much ego anyway. And now I have dual citizenship at the 2 most powerful virtual nation-states on earth. How great is that!?