My blog doesn’t really have a “name” per se. I mean, “toadmama.com” doesn’t feel like a blog name to me.
I’ve tried things like “ToadMama’s Web Abode” and “ToadMama’s Interstitial Space.” I even published under “Appalachian Tours” before, which was really a separate moto-focused blog. That’s back when we spent a lot of time in West Virginia AND I was operating under the delusion that I could maintain a personal blog and a moto blog at the same time.
ToadMama is my nickname. Kind of. Maybe it’s more like my creative alter ego. (Not very creative apparently considering I can’t come up with a name for my blog!)
To be honest, I still kind of like ToadMama’s Interstitial Space. What do you think?
As for the origin of ToadMama, that’s a long story. Somehow, some of my girlfriends and I fell into the habit of calling each other “Mama.” Not in a motherly way, just in “Hey, Mama” fashion.
I wish I could remember how the whole Mama thing started with us. We’ve been doing it since the early 90s. So, sometime in the mid-90s, when I finally decided to sign up for an AOL Instant Messenger screen name, it seemed natural to incorporate “Mama” into the moniker.
As for the Toad part, well, I’ve always liked frogs and toads. At the time, Toad.net was my Internet service provider. After trying somewhere between 10 and 300 different screen names — remember, AOL IM was VERY popular at the time — ToadMama was the first that wasn’t taken. I hit the ole ACCEPT button and have been ToadMama ever since.
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