Monday, May 27, 2013

Americans, please help

We're moving to NYC in about a month.
I suddenly realized my e-mail address might not be the best choice as I enter my new life as a Brooklyn parent?

it's
emi at lovegun dot net


I don't love guns, instead, I'm armed with love. And having your company named the same way as a KISS song is a great way to pep yourself when needed.

lovegun dot com is some porn site that I might get confused with.

would you get a different mail address if you were me?
Or just tell people to deal with it?

I need help here. Help me. Please.

love
-e

18 comments:

  1. As a Dane, I'd say keep the name. Fuck 'em.

    As an American, I think you might do well to change. At least while you're there. It would most likely be misconstrued as something a male has to offer to his special lady friend. And there is that new puritanism shit around these days...

    Maybe refreshing with a change? (not a jab, fyi)

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  2. I would maybe get another address for "official" correspondence, for example from the kids' schools. Then keep the other one for friends, etc. Just a thought! And good luck with your move!

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  3. Change it. Every time you'll have to explain yourself, it just will not be worth it. The confusion with the dot com version will be reason enough. Or rather, keep it and just add anotjer one for your American friends, acquaintances and clients.

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  4. I would say keep lovegun for those who know what it is, and ease new clients in. Get a gmail account. Doesn't get more professional in my view than name at gmail dot com if you don't have a corporate or educational address. Then when you have a work relationship, you can explain lovegun dot com if you wish, or just keep everything at the boring gmail address.

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  5. Well now. It's not "loveguns," that would be impossible. I've read you for years and thought of you as a little love explosion. I do see the problem, but I think anyone who doesn't get it is a fool. Rock on!

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  6. I would recommend starting fresh. Unless the accidental hits from the porn site would boost your stats. I'm all for artificially boosted stats.

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  7. I think you should keep it the same. If anyone gets upset over it, you could always explain what it means so they'd know you weren't being offensive, but I honestly don't think it would be a problem. I hope your move goes well!

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  8. people can deal. or you can change it to emi at backinthenewyorkgroove dot net

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  9. It could be a bit polarizing for people when meeting you, do you really want to explain it every time you need to share your contact info with people? I'd keep it as changing emails can be a pain, but I would just be ready to give people context when you get a raised eyebrow.

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  10. If you're worried about other parents or school administrators, I say to tell them to deal with it. Anyone who has problems with it isn't worth wasting any time on. Separate the wheat from the chaff, as they say. But I am a west coaster (aka best coast!), so maybe more laid back about this stuff.

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  11. I think if you have a business card with the name, that's probably fine, especially if it has the heart logo on it. If you google it the entire first page is all hits for the KISS song so people might think you're really into KISS, but personally I probably wouldn't think too much more about it, especially if you didn't seem like a nut when I met you. If I was really curious I'd type in just the URL part and end up here anyhow. If you're concerned about contacting people you've never met before from your email address, why not just use a gmail with a more boring name?

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  12. It sounds more porny than NRA to me. My first choice would be leave it and let people deal. You can always change it if things turn weird.

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  13. I don't think anyone is going to confuse you with some crazy-ass gun lover. Keep it; it's different!!

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  14. Late comment, but telling people to deal with it never works. Ever.

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  15. Not sure why my last comment disappeared, but I would just think about when you move here, you are going to have to give your email address at a lot of new places (the library, for example). Are you going to feel like you need to explain it every time? Or will you be comfortable not worrying what people assume you are referencing?

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  16. I left a comment that disappeared, too! I think there's a reasonable chance that people will type .com a lot, but in the event they go look at the websites (.com vs .net), what they find should help them remember the difference...

    It sounds more porny than NRA (gunlove would sound nore NRA, and I don't suggest thtat, either.)

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  17. hahahaha. Yes change it, though I assume everyone knows the KISS thang as Kiss is from Queens(NY). Keep it for your friends though. I assume you are moving to BKlyn as all Swedes seem to?

    I am a long time yet lax reader and former NYkr who is in LA now. Have a lovely time in NYC. Its much changed and yet...not.

    I third (or whatever) the gmail thing. Its what I did.

    I envy your coming access to MoMA.

    Enjoy the humidity! (kidding)

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  18. Um... by the way, having come from NY....no one is going to be shocked by any email address. Seriously.

    (read the first comment about new puritanism - I mean Lovegun is actually a song about a d*ck. Has she never seen "Role Models"?)

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