But here's the deal.
When I first started blogging, I had just had the twins. Five years ago. Wowza.
And I thought I would make a cute little name for my brand-new blog. Octamom. Like 'octagon'. But with 'mom'.
Fast forward a year and a certain woman in California gave birth to octuplets. And the news media went wild. And at some point, someone highjacked my cute little blog name.
With a twist.
They added an 'o' and took away the 'a'. And hence, Nadia Suleman was deemed 'OctOmom'.
There were inquiries. News media and branding groups alike offered to buy my 'Octamom' name. But I had made a little home for myself here on the interwebs and I wasn't about to move from my homestead. I thought the OctOmom/Octamom thing would die down. I thought Nadia Suleman would go silently into the annals of oddities from 2009. I thought the media would remember she had six other children in addition to the octuplets, realizing she was not a mom of eight but of fourteen.
No such luck.
I've wrestled many a time with 'what now?'. On the one hand, I've had folks arrive at the blog and stay around who wouldn't have found me had it not been for the Octamom moniker and a search for the 'other one'.
And on the other hand, I'm not crazy about being associated with OctOmom, with the interesting career and mothering choices she has made. I want to give help and inspiration and laughter to moms and women out there, helping them realize their best lives.
Which does not seem to be the program Miss Suleman is promoting.
So what's a blogging girl to do?
For which I presently have not an answer. I've enjoyed healthy blog traffic because of the association of our monikers. I've dealt with hate mail. I've dealt with identity confusion.
It's a hard call.
But a call I will have to make at some point.
For now, just know that's it's all under consideration. But that I do consider the Octamom name original, both by copyright and by calendar. I had it first. And I really liked it.
But you can always call me Julie.