|Probably a good thing Cary Grant changed his name from Archibald Leach|
When I started writing this blog, I knew I would use the name Barbara Vey. Since my name is Barbara it was a no brainer. But a few months later, my son introduced me to Google search to check on your own name. Well, the first thing that came up was Publishers Weekly blog. I mean, how cool was that?
Unfortunately, a few items down was an article that Barbara Vey, a psychologist, was car-jacked by 2 murderers who threated to kill her. Yikes! My blood pressure went into overdrive seeing my name associated with such a hideous crime. Then later I found a Barbara Vey who is a prominant artist. Well, that was at least a little better.
But it got me to thinking about others Googling my name and them wondering if I was either of these women. I would hope they’d realize the truth.
I Am Not a High-Priced Hooker
The hits on my blog lately have been off the charts. At first, I couldn’t figure it out, but now I know why. It’s all you gossip mongers looking for the call girl known as Kristen who’s involved in this whole governor of New York scandal.
I’ll be perfectly honest. I had never even heard of Spitzer or Spritzer or Zitzer or sleezebag or whatever his name is until this whole thing happened.
Now that you’re here and you know I’m not that Kristen, that I’m not the high price hooker you’re looking for (nor have I ever been – sorry to disappoint), why don’t you do something more worthwhile with your time than endless googling about a story that has already gotten way too much coverage. Go read a book. Or read a book to a kid. Or better yet, donate some money so a bunch of kids can get some books of their very own. Seriously. You know it’s the right thing to do.
Then take a shower. You’re starting to smell.
Just another example of Google Gone Wild. But the bright side is the new readers she brought to her site…the dark side is the kind of new readers she brought to her site.
Now tell me authors….have you Googled your name lately? Seen anything that made you cringe? Would you have chosen a different name if you would have known? Or doesn’t it matter that you have the same name as a convicted serial killer or mistress to a prominant politician?
Bottom Line: So, if you’re an author starting out, you may want to check Google before having your "unique" name put on that book cover. Unless you’re ok with sharing it with a porn star (not that there’s anything wrong with that).