When I transferred my blog over to Typepad two and a half years ago, I knew enough to claim my name as the URL. But I held on to HopefulLeigh. I loved the moniker and even though I hoped publication was in my future, it seemed odd to be known by my name. Or maybe it was a matter of how many changes I could handle at once.
In the past year, I've started leaving HopefulLeigh behind and using my name for everything. Whereas I needed a form of anonymity during my social work blog days, whereas I needed another creative outlet, whereas the practice of blogging transformed me in to a writer, HopefulLeigh served a purpose. She's still a part of me but there's really no reason not to fully embrace my name. It's not like you all don't already know it.
Friday I uploaded a new header, designed by the wondrous Lore Ferguson. I love it. Love, love, love. I had a hard time choosing but this one was my ultimate favorite. Lore designed my last header and she's truly a delight to work with. (The photography is by Kelly Sauer. She's all kinds of amazing.)
The blogging powers that be say your name should be the same, from URL to social media accounts. There's a small fly in the ointment: there's a Scottish man that uses @leighkramer on Twitter and even though he doesn't even spell his last name that way and even though he hasn't used the account in almost 2 years, there's nothing I can do about it. I'll still be @hopefulleigh on Twitter for now.
The Leigh Kramer Facebook community got the first glimpse of the site's new look on Friday but I wanted to sing Lore's praises a bit and make sure those of you reading via email or Reader knew, too.