“Uh, a little late,” some of you might scolding your computer, pad, or phone screen, laughing. Well, just to let you know…I've been thinking the same thing while writing this post. Maybe you’re not scolding the phone, but you’re one of my friends that recently elected to follow me, and thought, “Finally!”
Having worked with young people and taught at a small university for so many years, I have lots of younger friends. At the very least, they’re probably all smiling at this latecomer to Instagram.
But now it’s my turn to smile. I’m genuinely enjoying the creativity of the screen names followers have chosen. Many of these are friends, and others I have no idea who they are, because generally speaking, I only spend enough time on social media to accomplish what I need to accomplish (plus a few minutes here and there if a news feed item from family or friends catches my attention). Anyway, I’d like to share a few of the more creative screen names.
First-up Instagram follower/liker name is “bladelord666.” Now, Guardian of the Galaxy’s “Star-Lord” is one of my family’s favorite movie characters. But “blade lord”? Is that a cross between “Blade Runner” and “Star-Lord”? If they chose the name before Blade Runner 2049, maybe the Instagrammer’s name is Harrison Pratt or Chris Ford. If “bladelord666” is a name chosen after the BR2049 movie came out, it gets kinda confusing trying to throw Ryan Gosling’s name into the mix. But attaching the number of the beast (666) from the Bible’s book of Revelation? This hints at the possibility that the person embraces a dark self-image. Outrageously hilarious.
Next up is “the_half_merry_artist.” Now, this name simply makes me sad. Only half-merry? Makes me wonder if this person needs some cheering up.
Then comes “_it_rained_it_poured_”. I think this Instagrammer came up with that name after reading my last humor blog post about rain. Could be a Seattlite. Never know.
Being a cookie lover, I loved it when “cookiesmonster1” started following me. Long live the cookie monster! Actually, “cookiemonster1” is someone I actually know, and she is a fun person who definitely loves to make cookies.
The name “mindofralph” makes me wonder what happened to Ralph’s body. Or, is it someone else who’s borrowing Ralph’s mind? I guess I’ve read too much fantasy and science fiction to be thinking that way.
Can a plural ever claim to be a singular? “we.are.the.pacific.ocean” just did. But what kind of person claims to be an ocean? I mean, the Pacific Ocean is bigly. Is this person from Hawaii, Western Samoa, Guam, Vanatau, Tahiti, Fiji, the Solomon Islands…? I’ve heard of people having an inflated view of themselves, but this takes the cake!
Speaking of cake, I’ve been using Instagram to post pictures of Exemplar Catering’s baked goods. But one of my followers/likers has the name “nocakess”. Not sure what the extra “s” at the end stands for, but the first seven letters are crystal clear. This person doesn’t like cake. Then why does “nocakess” like my photos about cookies and cakes? I won’t sweat it, because we make cookies, too. And lots of other things. Something for everybody.
So, Instagrammers, keep having fun with the crazy-fun names, and if you’re reading about my business for the first time, check out Exemplar Catering on Facebook, Instagram, and at exemplarcatering.com. And while you're at it, keep up the fun and creative names.