Whenever I’ve shared that I have a blog with people, I have encountered a difficulty in explaining where to find it on the internet. It’s called “hello insomnia,” but then comes the question, “So, can I find that at hello insomnia dot com?” And no, you can’t, you find it at, wait, do you have a pen? How far did you get into the Advanced Mega Memory Audio Tapes? Only side a of tape 1? Okay, here goes, it’s K-I-R-I-D-as in dog-A. No, I said D! D as in dog! Not t as in tog! What the hell’s a tog?
I know. I’m so fun at parties, especially blogger parties where this is conversation fodder. Not at regular parties where people tell me to shut up about the internet and pass the beer bong.
It’s like whenever I’ve spelled out my name to a customer service rep and I’m fine with “O as in orange” and “N as in Nathan,” but my brain short circuits at “A as in,” and suddenly I’m stammering, “A as in…effing a?”
For a while now, I’ve been contemplating the direction of this blog and whether I should close up shop here and start up somewhere else. But I don’t like the idea of stopping kirida.com, especially since it’s been my possession for almost eight years. I am very connected to this domain, but I’ve lost that connection to the title, “Hello Insomnia.” I mean, it’s cute, but it’s not where I am anymore. I don’t have insomnia and I don’t say hello. I shout, “WHAT’S CRACKIN’ CRACKER!” and then I realize that the hip-hop platitude isn’t the most welcome way to wake up my husband.
So I’ve changed the banner and switched out the blog title to “kirida.” It means basically “favorite girl” in my native language, Chamorro. When my ex-boyfriend wanted to give me a domain name as a gift and end a tragic trail of tripod and geocities sites, the only name I wanted was “kirida.”
I’ll still be here if you will, my dear internet friend. And thanks for reading. I don’t tell you that enough.