Before I joined my family for my father’s 75th birthday, I asked Bruce if it would be possible for me to change my blog moniker. I wanted something a little more creative than GayPatriotWest, something that highlighted more of my passions and which didn’t pigeonhole me as a “gay blogger.” He told me it would be possible, but then, in the rush to finish one paper and get ready for my trip, I put the idea of a new blog moniker on the back burner.
I came up with the moniker, GayPatriotWest, on the fly. You see, when Bruce first asked me to join the blog, I hesitated, first, because, at the time, I was still a little uncertain about whether I should “come out” as a conservative and later, because I didn’t know what nickname to use in my posts. Had some creative (& compelling) title come to me, I may well have started blogging on my own (albeit anonymously). So, given how much I have enjoyed blogging here, perhaps I should be grateful than no name called out to me.
But, with Bruce’s invitation, I realized I needed to take the plunge and start sharing with the world ideas I was becoming increasingly eager to share with my peers. Thus, with this decision made, I realized I shouldn’t let quibbles over my moniker prevent me from expressing my views, so since I’d been invited me to join the GayPatriot blog and since I live on the West Coast, I decided to become GayPatriotWest.
To be sure, being one what one columnist called “the most reliably conservative gay blog on the Internet,” having “gay” as part of my moniker has allowed us to find a niche in a blogosphere full of great conservative blogs. Still, sometimes I wonder if that name limits us. Perhaps, with our monikers, people assume we’re only offering a gay perspective on a given issue.
To be sure, I do want to blog on a number of gay topics, so perhaps I should remain GayPatriotWest.
I have a few ideas for a new nickname should I decide to make the switch, mostly based on mythological characters. I’ll decide in a few days whether to remain GayPatriotWest or to move to something a little more mythological, a moniker that might better represent the breadth of my interests. And anyway, no matter what my moniker I’ll still be on GayPatriot. 🙂
As I make my decision, I encourage y’all to weigh in with your thoughts. Feel free to chime in the comments section or to e-mail me.