Wedding? Check. Honeymoon? Check. Name change? Check, sort of.
When I was in college (a while ago), like many nefarious undergraduates, I had a fake ID. It was a 'good one' only in that it worked several times. The license expired four years before I acquired it, listed my age as 28, my name was Rhonda, my hair was feathered, and I lived on Beaver Lane in Ohio.
Other than my brief stint as Rhonda from Ohio, I've always been Jenn Rarick. It's a little hard to say, especially for Elmer Fudd, and it sounds a bit like 'generic,' but it's me.
Fast forward to May 2012, and I'm changing my identity — permanently this time. On April 29, I married Jason Hoffman in front of a priest and a rabbi (insert your joke here), and I instantaneously gained a husband and access to a great last name.
I excitedly set about changing my name. In this social media age, it affected much more than my bank account and my social security card. I like to think I've done a nice job with my 'personal brand,' as cheesy as that sounds. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, the Pivot site, etc.
Unfortunately, so is the other Jenn Hoffman. My nom de same lives in LA, had a brief stint on The Apprentice, and doesn't like to wear clothing online. Hmmm.
Even if I didn't have a dishwater-blond doppelganger, I've worked hard on my social persona. Should I change?
For now, I've decided on a hybrid approach — to avoid confusion with the nudie patootie. Legally, Jenn Hoffman. At work, Jenn Hoffman. On Facebook + LinkedIn, Jenn Rarick Hoffman. On Instagram, Jenn from Pivot. You get the idea.
This is not an earth-shattering problem. But, it does make me wonder…in a social media age, will a robust online profile deter us from changing our names? As our identities become more intertwined with our online profiles will we forgo new identities for established ones?
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