What’s in a name? I have a few. Julia. Humphrey & Grace. Juliabesidethesea. Yes there are a few more, mummy being my favourite, but that’s not really relevant to this post so I’ll just keep that one safe… My point here is really that I am considering bringing a little less confusion with my name. “Hi I’m Julia, my website, photography and (hopefully soon to be re-opened) shop are known as Humphrey & Grace or, hang on a mo, my Instagram handle is @juliabesidethesea…”
Sooo after a long time thinking about it because I’ve been too chicken to actually do anything about it, I’m putting the thought out there that at some point soon I might just change my username on Instagram to @humphreyandgrace. I already have the name on my second account so I know it’s there. Let’s call this post a fair warning of sorts, just a heads-up. Can you sense my indecision?
The more lovely followers stop for a while the harder I’m finding it to change, how silly is that? Tell me it’s silly… OK some might wonder what on earth they are following @humphreyandgrace for but I know those who care will work it out. I really never thought I would ever have so many followers and it still blows my mind that I do, if I’d had an inkling I might have changed my name before it all got a bit bigger. Realistically though people follow for the photos and not the name don’t they?
I won’t be letting go of @juliabesidethesea because that is also intrinsically me, more swapping names on accounts and hoping that most people don’t get too confused by it! You see Humphrey & Grace is one of my favourite names. The journey to the name is a little of my life story, Humphrey being part of the name of the company where my husband is a partner. He began working there as a trainee a couple of years after we met and although we moved away for a while, it is the place where he moved from student to employee to partner and has built up his career along the way. It is a massive part of who we are. Grace is my middle name. When I was a child I cringed about it but name trends change and it seems my middle name is not as old fashioned as it used to be. I reckon it works so perfectly with Humphrey that it was just meant to be. Humphrey & Grace. Him & me.
@juliabesidethesea is a name I chose simply because it was free and my actual name is impossible to use in any variation. Since I posted lots of photos of the beach at the time I changed it, that’s what I chose.
Humphrey & Grace the website/shop I set up in early 2014, the blog in early 2015 – it’s nearly my 1st blog birthday – perhaps it’s time to bring a little more order to my ‘brand’ for want of a better word.
So what’s in a name? A story. A history. A connection. A lot.
Perhaps I WILL change my username. If I ever pluck up the courage. Maybe I’m overthinking…