Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Attending some blogging shin digs in recent weeks I seem to have confused people with my name.
While some organizers decided my first name was now Clairey, as do most PRs that write to me, some others got it all wrong and used Clair (no 'e').
I just fix my name tags and off I go.
But then a couple of bloggers asked what my name was too and why Clairey?
So here is the story.
Back last century I was backpacking through Ireland with a uni friend, the wonderful Lizzy Dee. We had time to spare in Dublin and we wandered into a very high tech store...an Internet cafe. Being such cool cats we opened yahoo email accounts to make it easier to keep in contact with those few people who had emails at home.
Can you believe that Clairehewitt was already gone. My name is apparently quite common.
As my uni friends and travel mates had been calling me Clairey, that was what I used.
Years later I don't see my uni friends much at all and my work mates have never called me Clairey. The friends I see most, my groupies, they call me Claire.
When I started this blog I had no idea what I was really doing. I used the claireyhewitt URL because once again Clairehewitt.blogspot was gone. But at that time this blog was called Babble On.
Then I hit twitter...shock horror again, Clairehewitt was taken, but Claireyhewitt was mine all mine, it is my back up, what I use when I need a log in to remember.
And then people started to read this blog and the different URL and name was confusing.
So I had my redesign done and just went with Clairey Hewitt.
But my name is Claire.
You can call me Clairey, but if we don't know each other it is kind of weird, like meeting a Louise and calling them Lou Lou, or a David and calling him Davo.
Bloggers are calling me Clairey. Maybe that is ok, maybe they read my stuff and kind of 'know' me so thus the familiar is ok. But what if they never comment and I don't know them.
I'm not sure.
But that's the story of how the name Clairey Hewitt came to be.