Blaugust is at its mid-point and I only have a couple more ideas for posts. This being one of them and the other is a post I am not entirely sure how I want to go with it and need some time to think. So don't be surprised if you soon see me using topic ideas from last year's Blaugust pretty soon and often. XD
Anyway, this isn't any kind of advice about blog names or internet aliases but rather some personal thoughts that have been at the back of my mind for a while. Apologies to anyone who came here thinking expecting advice!
Also, if I go ahead with any of these things I am thinking of it won't be before the end of Blaugust just to not cause any unintended chaos in the middle of the event.
The blog's name
Back when I created this blog I wanted something that was generic enough but also felt game related. After some thinking I came up with the name "Shards of Imagination." My problem with it however is that the name always felt a little pompous to me. I just don't consider that imaginative, much to my dismay.
The other problem is it feels too abstract to the point where to this day I just can't figure out a good logo for it, even less a favicon that would fit.
Recently I just started to consider hard about changing the name of the blog. The main problem is coming up with a good name. It also comes up with a few other questions which I am not sure how I want to answer just yet. Should I also do a full relaunch with it? Should I keep just my favorite posts? Or should I just change the name and continue with business as usual?
If I went ahead with this I'd most likely pick option 2. There is a lot of posts I am just not happy with and wouldn't mind to see it disappear. On the other hand everything here, good or bad, is part of my gaming (and a bit of non-gaming) history. So maybe just a name change could be a better alternative.
For now this is just a thought that has been going on and on in my head. Knowing me I might just continue as is because this is the kind of change that is a bit of pain to do.
The origin of the name Rakuno and why I might change it
Back in 2007, when I first started to play Everquest 2, I knew immediately I wanted to make a ratonga. At the time ratongas were an evil-only race and the justification for that is that they were quite egoistical and just generally not the trustworthy types.
They also brought to my mind the idea of thieves and sneaking around and I wanted a name that reflected that, even though I planned to play a Monk, which used to be a good-only class.
As I kept thinking about names a word came to me, "Gatuno", a portuguese word that in English means "Burglar". It isn't a commonly used word here and I think I only learned it because of a reformed villain from Spider-Man whose name translated as that when they adapted the comics here.
Anyway, I played with that word in my head, changing letters here and there until I came up with the name "Rakuno". It sounded good enough for me and I played that character for many years.
When I went to play other MMORPGs I just felt lazy and decided to use that name with any character that I felt fit it enough: usually short and furry, preferably a monk or engineer if the game had those classes. Although there have been exceptions like his current incarnation in Final Fantasy XIV.
When it came time to create this blog once again it felt natural to use this name. It was one my friends already knew me by and it was one I liked.
It wasn't until I got to Twitter that I found that "Rakuno" could also be the initials of a Japanese name. At the time I thought it wasn't a big deal. The internet is a big place and surely there is enough space for two Rakunos.
I kept happily using the name for years on Twitter without any issue. Then I decided to use the name in other places too, like for the Playstation Network or Twitch, and found out the name was already taken. At this point I started to get annoyed.
Then recently another person that also uses the name Rakuno started to follow me on Twitter. Apparently they also came up with the name because of the Japanese initials.
At first I didn't feel like changing my name and told them so. But after a while I just got so annoyed with this whole issue that I really want to a new name that I can use in the internet and games. The only problem is coming up with a new one.
I already have trouble coming up with names for my characters and to make it worse this is a name for general purpose use. This means it needs to be unique enough to avoid the above situations and sound good enough that I can live with it for years without being annoyed every time someone else calls me by it.
It almost feels like an impossible mission for me at this point but it is one that I really want to change. I am almost tempted to use the random name generator in Final Fantasy XIV character creation to do it but then I am afraid I will just run into this same situation again. :p
In any case, these are the things that have been going through my mind and I will mull over until at least the end of this month. If I do follow-up with any of these changes I will let you folks know so nobody is taken by surprise.