For the last ten or twelve years, I’ve worked on building an e-platform that will hold me in good stead when I begin marketing my books in earnest. You know my books right? Well maybe not yet, but you will. Currently they are “works in progress,” or “making the rounds,” or “on submission.” Nevertheless, I have great faith that they will be published and when they are, they will need to be marketed and publicized.
I have spent much of my time (probably too much) keeping up with the newest social media marketing trends all under the name Anna J. Boll. However, recent unexpected life events have brought me to a new path, and I have decided to take back my birth name for my professional and personal life.
Cyberspace, meet Anna Eleanor Jordan.
I am not unique in this. People get divorced and married and divorced (1 divorce every 36 seconds according to this). What is newish and more difficult is changing the e-platform that is so much a part of modern daily existence.
Luckily my Twitter handle was @annawritedraw (no need to change)…
…but my email, and Facebook had to change. My name-based gmail has been relatively simple (although it ends up being crazy long because shorter versions were taken), and I can easily have the old gmail forward to the new. Facebook gives you a spot for a parenthetical name which is nice.
Pinterest even allows you to choose your own URL suffix. (I went with annawritedraw to make it the same as Twitter.)
I’ve yet to deal with LinkedIn (which I use only for people I can recommend or for those who can recommend me) and this very webpage has to change.
Creative Chaos will eventually be found at annaejordan.com as soon as I figure out how to forward it properly.
But then there are other less public things. All the sites that I subscribe to, usernames, and passwords need to be changed and updated and on and on. In fact, it is a veritable web – intricate and extensive – of minutiae alterations. Just when I think I’m done, there are another thousand bits to change.
What’s not going to change is my commitment to the kidlit community, or my writing, or my passion for championing diversity in children’s literature, or my love of books, poetry, art and illustration, education, family, and matching children with wonderful new literature. Thanks to all for the support that I’ve received thus far and thanks for your patience with my spotty posting.
See! I still have to change my bio below, ugh, and Goodreads, and…
6 thoughts on “What’s in a name? Adjusting one’s eplatform.”
Ugg. Sorry you have to go through this. But it sounds like you have thought everything out. And your given name is so beautiful…. Looking forward to seeing it on spines one day.
Our books will be closer together on the shelves! Hugs to you Kami.
🙂 You too!
I’m trying to remember how I did the forwarding of my blog to my host name. I hope to get my website issues taken care of this week or so (I have a techie friend who has promised to undo what I’ve wrought if it was that which I ought not, lol). If I find out how, I will let you know. Sorry for the difficult news, happy to hear you’re doing well,and opening new doors. I’m there with you as well, though my ride may be a bit bumpier. Will be looking for those books to promote!