1) Maybe! I'll look into it.
2) Well, so, first of all, rockstargirl.org dates from well before I was any kind of PL hacker. I've had it since 2003. The reason I got it, and the only thing I've ever used it for, was as a home for my music stuff. So it was sort of weird that email@example.com became my canonical email address in various contexts that had nothing to do with any of that stuff.
Second, the name was never really supposed to refer to me
. Rather, it referred to a song
I wrote ten years ago called "Rock Star Girl", and in the song, the term was used rather sarcastically; that was the point of the song! But, of course, nobody could be expected to know that. So people were always getting exactly the wrong impression from "firstname.lastname@example.org", which grated on me a bit.
Third, for a while I was okay with being associated with the term "rock star", because I'm actually pretty proud of my music degree and of my background as a musician. I even used "Rock Star in Training" as my tagline on LinkedIn until very recently. But gradually I've come to realize that "rock star" does not really connote "musician" to anyone and is in fact more likely to connote "self-absorbed egotistical jerk"
, and that, furthermore, any place that actually did put "rock star" in a job posting is probably not the kind of place I'd ever want to work. That's when it started to seem like an embarrassing domain.
Fourth, I definitely no longer think of myself as a "girl" (as opposed to "woman"), which wasn't a distinction that occurred to me at age 20 when I got the domain, but which kind of grates on me now. And, either way, although I'm fine with, you know, being female and having people know I'm female, having my gender in my domain
is perhaps a little over the top. (Again, I didn't think of this when I got it because I didn't think of the name as being about me
, but nobody else knew that.)
Fifth, I haven't updated rockstargirl.org in years, and I'm not sure when I will. So it's simply embarrassing by virtue of not having been updated in so long. (I'm not embarrassed by the fact that I'm not really doing music anymore (I've been a little busy with other things), but it is nevertheless a little embarrassing that I can't even be bothered to dust the cobwebs off my music-related web presence.)