goodbye insomnia

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, 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.

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  1. Butrfly Garden says:

    Sounds good to me.

    Love the new header.

  2. Love it! I’m glad that my favorite hip-hop gangsta blogger is embracing her domain. You are the Shark to my Jet. Love the new header.

  3. I always think of querida, which you know, is “dear” in spanish…it fits.

  4. Love the new header too! You’re on my blogroll šŸ™‚

  5. lol i like the new banner…and i always forget you’re only a year older than me…

  6. Mamacita Chilena says:

    looks good šŸ™‚

    I thought it was a play on Querida as well…

  7. Fun!

    Also, you can’t have been born in 1983, because I remember 1983 VIVIDLY.

  8. I’m with Swistle. Ancient, but still glad you’re sticking with ye olde blog.

  9. Hellooooooooo!

  10. Phew! I thought you were going to say you were leaving altogether. That would not be allowed.

  11. as long as you stay and we can find you, it really does not matter what you are called. “A rose by anyother name …”

  12. FunnyGal KAT says:

    I saw the title and quickly scanned your post to make sure you weren’t going to stop blogging. Quit with the giving your readers heart attacks, Mona!

    I’ve been a longtime reader, but a slacker commenter. I will try to be better about commenting if you promise to never, ever stop blogging. Deal? Deal.

  13. I have often wished that I had Thought It Through when I was setting up my blog. Not my strong suit, obviously.

  14. I’m with Swistle – I, too, remember 1983 vividly. Well, at least pretty well. And like everybody else, as long as you’re not leaving, you can call your blog anything you damn well please!

  15. Mrs. Blogoway says:

    You almost gave me a heart-attack when you said “close up shop”. Don’t do that to me! You and Derfwad Manor are my faves. Don’t even joke about quitting.

  16. Melinda Zook says:

    Change is good. I didn’t know that is what the name meant, pretty cool.

  17. rinnaphelia says:

    Hi, I found your blog over the weekend linked from WSB. You’re hilarious!! I kept reading parts out loud to my partner until he asked if I was *still* reading the same blog and I felt like a stalk-ery loser. Thanks for having such an awesome blog and being in my neighborhood (I think) and for loving Target!!

  18. Chickenbells says:

    I’m glad you’re still here…and I’ll change the name asap on my links…YO.

  19. Looking good! If it makes you feel better, I once tried to spell something by saying “I as in ‘eyeball'”, which totally sounded like a bad porno come on.

  20. it makes me mad and jealous that you are younger than me and also a better writer. not fair. also, i am glad you stuck with something even if it’s not the most marketable spelling ever. i’m a huge fan of that.

  21. “WHAT’S CRACKIN’ CRACKER!” is far better than Hello anyway.

  22. Oh, The Joys says:

    I totally get it — and love it.

  23. I hear you, Mona. “yes, Great Expectations. No, it’s chamolinaole.blogsp… that’s C-H-A-M-O- here, let me write it down for you”

    Shameless plug on friend’s blog (with greater traffic than my own): Play the Wednesday What Is It? on (But plug may not matter seeing as how this is comment number 23.)

    One day I will get my own domain name (maybe), Or some other domain name that is not taken.

  24. I am glad with
    Audio Tapes that they have introduced Advanced Mega Memory Audio Tapes. Through this we can say goodbye insomnia because we can’t forget anything and we can remember what were you listening to.

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