Today, I join the ranks of a mighty force. A force of brave souls who stand with those who have chosen to face their fears and insecurities. It's a force hundreds strong. A valiant force of helping hands, encouraging words and cheering peers.
Today, I join the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
For my first post as part of this ever-growing group, I've chosen to reveal an insecurity I've had for some time. The insecurity is the name I selected for my blog.
As with most of us, I began this blog because that's what we aspiring authors are supposed to do. Build a presence. Become known. Engage potential readers. Establish relationships with fellow writers. And that's exactly what I did.
When I decided to create this blog, I wrestled with the immense task of choosing its name. For about thirty seconds. I thought it was a no-brainer. I intended to write an epic fantasy series. The series title was Strands of Pattern. And thus was born the title of my blog.
In retrospect, I wonder if I should simply have used my name instead.
"You'll most likely write more than just that one series," I've been told. "People will search for you by your name, possibly by a book title. The name of your series may, at best, be third in their search criteria sequence," I hear. "Your name is your brand." I read these things frequently.
And they're all true.
But changing the name of my blog at this point in time, I fear, is impractical. Launching a second blog is an alternative I find none too appealing. A website with my author name as title and URL is a possible alternative, I suppose.
So what do you guys think? Are there viable options I haven't considered. Oddly enough, I'm even insecure about revealing my insecurities. Perhaps I needed to participate in this worthwhile group a long time before now. I guess I was just, well, a little insecure.