I first thought I'd use my maiden name. My husband even purchased the URL stacythurber.com before anyone else nabbed it. Then I Googled it.
My name didn't come up first. Some doctor in
California (which is funny, since I was born in – who knew there were two of us from that state? Thurber is not very common) comes up first. So I Googled Stacy McKitrick. Hey – I was first. In fact, I had all the spots on the first page. So I decided to stick with my married name. My husband purchased the URL stacymckitrick.com and directed stacythurber.com to my new URL. Santa Monica
I also followed the advice of Bob Mayer (in a workshop I attended at the FF&P conference) and set a Google alert on Stacy McKitrick. I got a couple of hits (from other bloggers). All good, right?
Until the last couple of Google alerts I received were not me.
Seems there is a brand new country-western singer by the name of Stacey McKitrick. Her name now shows up first when MY name is Googled. And her concert announcements show up because Ticketmaster misspelled her name.
I've got to laugh over that, though. I can't count the number of times people have misspelled my first name (I tell them the E is my middle initial, not in my first name). I guess she gets the same problem.
So, should I be worried? Or is it a good thing? Maybe people will find me when they look for her!
What would you do? Hope for the best or go searching for a new pen name?