Post # 1
Before I got married, I worked for five years as a writer and journalist. Because of this, a lot of my work and credits are under my maiden name. I changed my last name to my husband’s which is way shorter and easier to spell and made my maiden name into my middle name.
Now I’m in a conundrum because so much of my professional work (including my portfolio website) is under my maiden name. I am having trouble figuring out what to do. I want to avoid using my middle name and last name because I want to make my name shorter, not longer. Should I just use my first and middle name for writing? Should I create a new portfolio under my new name and link the old one to it? Should I come to terms with the fact that the work I did before marriage might not be associated with me anymore and start fresh?
Has anyone been in a similar situation? How did you handle it?
Post # 2
This might just be for me and my field personally, but I just redirected my old site to my new one, and called it a day. If someone googles me, they’ll find my old site, and if they click it, they’ll be directed to the one with my married name. I’m not concerned about ‘old’ stuff really because.. I’ll have the whole rest of my career to be known as Married Name. I wouldn’t hold on to my maiden name just because of a few years of work. Again, if someone happens to look me up, they’ll still find me.
Post # 3
I think the “Should I create a new portfolio under my new name and link the old one to it?” option is the one I would go with, personally.
Post # 4
How common is each name combination? I’m keeping my last name professionally party because my last name is more unique than my guy’s, and there’s already another “B. Smith” (for example) in my field.
Post # 5
Apple_Blossom : This is a really good question. My maiden name is very rare so when you Google my first name/maiden name combo, only results for me pop up. My husband’s last name is as common as it gets, like Smith status. To the point where email addresses are already taken for my new name and there are a bunch of people with the same first name/married name combo. That’s also another reason why I’m hesitant. My husband’s last name is great for dinner reservations, credit cards, all that practical stuff (and for feeling like a family haha), but my maiden name is very unique. But it’s so unique that people can’t pronounce it, so that’s an issue.