A while ago, our reader Fesse_Meurtrie made the suggestion that it would be nice to know more about the history of our commenters' nicknames. I think this is an interesting question and so I've decided to talk about kinky nicknames today.
Ludwig had different nicknames during his time in the kinky online community. After having been asked regularly whether he was French, though, because his nickname had been lent by a French philosopher, he decided to find a nickname which was closer to home. And so Ludwig was born, named after King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig already explained his choice in detail in his first-ever post on this blog. The interesting thing about Ludwig II: He is not only closely connected with Bavaria's history and its beautiful castles, he was also known for being interested in art, having a vivid imagination and being a bit eccentric. So, Mad King Ludwig sounded like a well-suited and at the same time slightly tongue-in-cheek nickname, which was why Ludwig decided to adopt it.
I had to face the issue of having to chose a nickname when I decided to write a comment on this blog for the very first time. Being a self-admitted geek and Trekkie, I chose a name that would carry my geekdom and give fellow geeks a hint that I was one of them. Having a kinky and general preference for warriors, I decided that using a Klingon name would be perfect. I didn't want to name myself after one of the major Star Trek characters, though, and so I chose the name K'Ehleyr relating to Worf's mate, a half-human and half-Klingon ambassador who appeared twice in Star Trek - The Next Generation and was finally killed in the episode Reunion. A half-human and half-Klingon character seemed to suit me even better because, while I have a crush on warriors, I am only human in the end, and most of the time I am actually quite okay with that.
Funnily, Ludwig, who is not such a big Star Trek fan (but has of course been introduced to the series by me in the meantime), had no clue where the name K'Ehleyr might come from. Which led to some funny associations he described in his post Where No Man Has Spanked Before:
It all started on another auspicious day in the history of my blog, the Global Day of Delurk […]. I remember being intrigued by a comment from someone by the name of K'Ehleyr: "Your invitation has just motivated me to write my first-ever comment on someone's blog. I'm about your age and live in the Rhine Main Area. I've just recently started to explore the internet concerning the topic spanking and have been lurking for some weeks." That was a cool thing to get - the first comment not just on my blog, but anywhere. And from a German reader, close to home. What a weird name, though, "K'Ehleyr"! I mused about the pronunciation. Kayelair? Kay-eh-LAIR, or maybe kay-EH-lair? No idea.
When you only know someone over the phone or through email, your mind still conjures up these vague, blurry, dream-like images. It's the same with bloggers and blog readers. With most people who leave a comment, you have no idea what they look like, or even whether they're male or female. "K'Ehleyr" sounded gender-neutral to me, but I decided it was probably a guy. The name seemed to have a Muslim ring to it. I pictured a dark-haired young man, probably of Turkish-German descent, reading my blog. It was a reader demographic I had never encountered before, so I was pleased with that.
Well, of course, Ludwig found out only a short time later that his association had been a little bit off mark, and the rest is history.
When Ludwig officially introduced me as his mate in the aforementioned post and I became his co-author for the blog, we decided to change the spelling of my name in order to not violate any trademark rights owned by Paramount Pictures. After all, commenting on blogs with a fan nickname is one thing, writing a blog under such a name is a different matter. At first, we thought that I had to find myself a completely new nickname, which made me very sad because I loved the old one. But then Ludwig found out that K'Ehleyr was most probably based on an actual human name that occurs in different spellings, such as Kaylah, Caila or Kaelah. I liked the last variant best and so K'Ehleyr became Kaelah. My heart remains (half) Klingon, though.
What about you? Was choosing a nickname for your kinky persona a big issue for you? Have you (had) several different nicknames? And why did you chose your nickname(s), what does it / do they mean to you? Last but not least, have other people's nicknames ever brought up an association in your mind that turned out to be completely off mark? You are very welcome to share your stories and experiences in the comment section!