Don't Call Me Betsy.
We have been email buddies for awhile and we finally got to meet each other in May while in Kansas City. We even had the chance to have breakfast together. Elizabeth will confirm that often my emails include the sentence, "How do you get so much accomplished???" She has a 4-year-old and totally puts me to shame with all the amazing things I see on her design wall.
When I decided to start blogging, I spent a good week or so brainstorming about a name for my blog. I had previously blogged for a few years about food under the name Type A Mommy (typeamommyblog.blogspot.com). If you read my quilting blog, you know that I definitely have a Type A kind of personality, and that's where that name came from initially.
(Am I the only one who is coveting one of these mini bookshelf quilts?)
Don't Call Me Betsy came to me when I started to think about the journey I've had with my own name, Elizabeth. When I was a baby, my mother nicknamed me Betsy. My older sister lobbied for calling me Beth, but my mother was insistent that I was a Betsy. Still is, actually, and she is one of the few people in the world who still calls me Betsy. I think I was in either kindergarten or first grade when my teacher told me that I wasn't a Betsy, that the name didn't fit me. I don't think my mother ever forgave her for it! So, for most of my schooling years, I went by Liz. I still didn't love the name, but it was better than Betsy.
It wasn't until college that I started to go by Elizabeth. My husband mostly calls me Liz, since he's known me that long, but my friends, former business colleagues and so forth all call me Elizabeth at this point, and that's the name that I feel fits me best. I felt like my blog name could maybe in a fun way tell the story of the journey behind my name, and that's where Don't Call Me Betsy came from. The funny thing is that to this day, when I meet people who know my blog, they tend to call me Betsy!
Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us?
Yes, definitely, I had a list. I'm a big-time listmaker. The only other name that I can recall at this point other than Type A Quilter is The Novice Quilter, but I ultimately rejected that one after realizing that I wouldn't be a novice forever, and that I wanted my blog name to fit for an indefinite time period.
Now that you are recognized by Don't Call Me Betsy, are you happy with it or do you wish you could change it to something else?
From Elizabeth series, "Christmas in July"Yes, I am happy with the name. It tells people more about me in one simple phrase than I can convey in a paragraph.
Elizabeth, thank you so very much for playing the Name Game this week.
If you haven't been to Elizabeth's blog before, please head over and say hi. And then plan on spending a lot of time looking around.
I can almost guarantee you too will be saying "How do you get so much accomplished???"