I suffer from Multiple Identity Syndrome. I’ll bet some of you do too. But I don’t think we qualify for psychiatric help just yet.

I’m talking about my multiple email addresses. I have always kept a couple – one I gave only to my family and friends, one I used for posting online. I also usually one or two others that just sort of float ‘out there’ that I’ve forgotten about. But when I got serious about my writing I started reserving email addresses with my pseudonym and my list ballooned, especially once last week’s cover came out, I added a couple with the misspelled name, both Breamel and Brahmel. I believe I now have four or six Gmail addresses (three in the variations of my pseudonym, one with my real name that I give to my friends and a few other transactions, and an ancient one from my fanfic days.) Oh, and I mustn’t forget my website addys now too.

Once I got the contract with Samhain, I started switching my yahoo groups over to my Leah Braemel identity and had the emails automatically forwarded to me from each individual address. However I’ve noticed lately that most of my emails are from the Leah Braemel identity. This morning, only three came to my ‘real name’ address. So I decided that instead of logging on to my ‘real name’ address, I might as well forward its mail to my Leah Braemel address and deal with it there.

That was the simple part.

What I hadn’t counted on was that by logging into my Leah Braemel account, I lost my Google bookmarks. I LOVE Google bookmarks because they allow me to take my bookmarks with me no matter what computer I’m on. And since I now have four computers I shuffle through, that portability was important. So I had to figure out how to transport my extremely lengthy list of bookmarks from one identity to the other. Turned out I had to:

  • log into my old identity and export my bookmarks to an HTML list
  • import the file into to my Firefox bookmark list
  • log out of my old identity and onto my new identity
  • import my Firefox bookmark list to the google toolbar bookmarks

As confusing as it sounds, it didn’t take long, once I figured out what had to be done.

Next problem? Oh, yeah, I used to post my blog from my old identity. I had to set up my blog to accept the new address. No problem, easy peasy.

Except I lost all the blogs I’d been following. Oops.

But in the process of trying to move them over – and you briefly had me following you twice if you noticed – I discovered that I can read your blog posts using a feature of Google called Google Reader (If you use gmail, it’s up on the menu list at the top left of the gmail screen.) It’s like the ‘Blogs I’m Following’ list on the Blogspot Dashboard, but full screen. Trouble with THAT is I can read your blogs but if you have any sort of counter to keep track of who is reading your blog? I’m not going to be showing up. At least I don’t think I will be.

AND another thing I discovered while I was changing over the bookmarks? Google now offers a ‘Google Notebook’ which I think is fantastic for when I’m researching for my books. For instance, I was over on The Goddess Blogs this morning, drooling over a lovely picture of Matthew Fox when I thought “Hey, that’s Scott” from my Hauberk series. I wanted to keep the picture handy, but if I saved it on my laptop, I wouldn’t have it available on my desktop, or my Big Mac or my mini-Mac unless I emailed it to myself and downloaded on those machines. But by using the Google Notebook, I right click and at the bottom of the menu is a new option that reads “Note this – Google Notebook”. It saves the photo, along with the URL to a notebook I set up to capture my information. That’s transportable too, so now instead of having to save documents/pictures/URLs to a file and send them to myself to use on my other computers, I can access them via the online Notebook. Wow, that is going to make my life so much easier.

(To get to the notebooks, click on “More” in the gmail menu, that should bring up a new page – Notebook is over on the left hand side list. It’ll download an add-on to your computer that’ll show up in the bottom right of your Firefox screen.)

Switching Identities
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7 thoughts on “Switching Identities

  • January 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow, I was dizzy there for a moment! I must check out the Google Notebook. I like Google and have all my mail forwarded to the one address. It’s so much easier.

  • January 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Oooo Whee, your blogs are so meaty. Now I have to turn on the notebook so I can save this blog to return to when I need the instructions.

    It would have taken me all weekend to do all that. I’m having to make some decisions about my emails this week too.

  • January 5, 2009 at 6:36 am


    That was my brain exploding.

  • January 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Shelley – I was dizzy trying to figure it all out.

    Marley – the Notebook feature is really handy.

    Wylie – “Clean up on Aisle 3!” Too much info, huh? I should have broken into three separate posts maybe?

  • January 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Dudette, I’ve been using Google Reader for over a year now. It ain’t new, and it is far superior to the following feature (I’m told).

    One thing with Reader: if you click on “browse” and “Discover,” you’ll find a place to enter a url… you can see how many people have subscribed to your feed.

    I DO see a lot of readers in my stat counter; I don’t know if they have to click through or not, though.

  • January 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    SHG – it’s been around that long, huh? Okay, we’ll just say it’s new to me then. Yes, the ‘Following’ feature is only useful if you’re actually ON the dashboard, which I seldom am.

    I wonder if it does report back to the stat counters. Be interesting to find out.

  • January 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah I agree with Wylie.

    My brain is splattered out behind me.

    Oy. 😉

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