The single hardest thing about blogging is not deciding what to write about. It’s not about remembering to proofread your posts, responding to comments in a timely way, or even trying to write well. It’s coming up with a name.
When I started West Coast Fan[girl] last July, I had no idea how to brand myself. I wasn’t a full-fledged baseball fan, and had only followed the Giants for a month. I couldn’t just call myself West Coast Fan, since that URL was, and still is, owned by a writer whose only post is a three-year-old complaint against Barry Zito. So I tacked on “[girl]” and hoped it would make my blog stand out from the crowd.
Now, however, I’m beginning to realize that I don’t want to identify myself as a “fangirl.” Urban Dictionary defines a fangirl as “a female who has overstepped the line between healthy fandom and indecent obsession.” (Fangirls are also said to frequently “glomp” people, which as best as I can figure out, is some kind of forceful and unwanted hug.) In sports, fangirls tend to be the ones who focus exclusively on a player’s appearance, rather than his abilities on the field, or who cheer for a team because their uniforms look cute and their colors are awesome.
So call me a geek. A baseball nerd. A fan. Perhaps I’m making too much out of this, but in the months to come, you may see some changes around the blog. Feel free to suggest alternate names in the comments, and I’ll try to come up with a few options you can vote on as well. In the meantime, answer this question: what comes to mind when you think of a fangirl?