Friday, February 13, 2009

Whats in a name?

I made up the name Housefairy in about 2002. I was trying to capture the essence of being a Homemaker, Stay-at -Home Mother, and as all of my generation seems to be struggling with, that stigma of Housewife, and how we were taught in the 70's that Carol Channing hates housework and we should, too....I don't know. I wanted to say that I was an important and special spirit who happened to do her work in a house. Housefairy!

Well, since then, there has been invented some kind of service called Housefairy, it writes secret letters to your child or cleans your place or something. There are also a few realtors that have used similar verbage. I would like to point out that I am deeply enamored with Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies, but not so much the Fairies that seem to come up in conjunction with tattoos and Cos-play folks.

So, I dont know if I should stand my ground and keep my lovelyname, or if I would prefer to distance myself from this title now. I wonder how many google searches for a commercial service are peeking at my blog and if that is ccool or uncool!? My initial gut reaction was "Yuck. I gotta make a new name."

I was going to retitle this new blog Mama Wears Army Boots, ya know, that old playground insult, turned on its' head, but using both "Army" and "Combat" boots got me a bunch of hits and one is the title of a new book and I dont want to rip that off. Perhaps I am too attached to Originality?

Thoughts?

5 comments:

Rixa said...

I like House Fairy. There's something charming and Harry Potter-esque in its connotation, maybe because of the house elves from the books?

Andrea said...

Maybe Housefairy Wears Army Boots?

Sgt Howie said...

I went to that other House Fairy's website and... WTF? Charlotte Rae in a white wig? And a wand? I am scared of that bitch. Supposedly she comes to your home and cures all behavioral issues for $15, but I think she really EATS CHILDREN!

Kneelingwoman said...

Noooo...I'm with Rixa. Keep Housefairy; she belongs to you. It's those other people who've hijacked her, co opted your "brand" and now owe you several million dollars worth of copyright infringement....

Keep Housefairy alive; we know who you are!

Kelley said...

I like the idea of Housefairy, and I think you personify what you intended with the name. I totally understand your reaction, though. That lady does look a bit weird.