Thursday, February 04, 2010

doppelganger


A friend dropped me a note yesterday that he discovered a doppelganger out there... not in the sense of an evil twin, but of a double. And not for me, but of my blog. Another person has a blog titled Thin Places and she even used the same stock format from blogger that I used.

So... if you got here looking for Amy Julia Becker's blog... this ain't it. And if you want to find it, you'll have to search for because I'm not helping. ;-)

At first I was a little miffed. My blog has been up since '05, trying to build an identity on the web, a "brand" if you will. I almost felt like my "brand" had been stolen. Of course, it wasn't, but it might be confusing for someone actually looking for my blog. And if they have been to my page before, opening her page, they may still think they got to mine with just a cursory look. Then I was hopeful... maybe someone looking for hers will find mine by mistake and I'll pick up a few more readers. While I sense we see the world a little differently and certainly write differently, there is enough commonality that some of our readers could overlap. Then I wondered if there is some way to make the whole thing easier - to differentiate between the two blogs - and who is responsible for doing that, she or I? Then I searched a bit more and found yet another blog titled Thin Places and one called From a Thin Place. There may be even more out there. Of the ones I've found, mine is oldest but I'd guess those other folk never searched for the name and saw there already was a blog with that title...

So... I'm having an identity crisis... wondering how I differentiate myself and wondering whether the blog is a helpful contribution... whether it is worth my time and energy...

5 comments:

roy said...

so, I changed the colors and the fonts. small changes

Amy Julia Becker said...

Roy,

Just wanted to officially (and publicly) apologize for unintentionally stealing your name!

More to come via personal email. Thanks for reaching out to me.

Amy Julia

roy said...

As I said, Amy Julia, you certainly didn't steal anything. No apology is needed. "Thin Places" is a wonderful metaphor and it would be terrible if there was only one Thin Place in all the world.

Ryan said...

Roy: Keep the blog coming. You've done a fine job thus far & I enjoy reading it.

In His Peace,
Ryan

Michael Mahoney said...

Here's the funnier part. Amy apparently follows a blog called "The Journey" - which not only shares a name, but a theme with Steve Lowe's blog. I better start looking for my Doppelganger. :)

Anyway, I enjoy reading your stuff, even when I don't agree with it completely. (and especially when I do! ) It always gets me a-thinkin'