Googling me

So, still doing Robert Brewer’s April Challenge; today I had to search my name. My name makes me fairly anonymous on the Internet: Mel Jones. It brings up everyone with the first name Mel, Melvin, Melanie, and sometimes Melissa. Jones is the second most common name in the U. S. So, put them together and I quickly fade into obscurity. Adding the Walsh into the middle helps, so does adding “writer.”

So what do you do when you have a common name? Of course if you’re reading this, you’ve already found me. My blog averages 200+ readers per post. How did they get here? How do I make that 2000? Especially if I’m not very Googleable?

This morning, after reading a text from an angry student, I’m not sure how visible I want to be. It was a passive-aggressive comment: “I am not happy with the project grades you gave me, I don’t feel like I deserve those grades.” I wanted to reply, “well, they could have been much better had you shown up to present those projects…” But I refrained. As a writer, I want as much visibility as possible, but as a professor?

I don’t know. Maybe I should not worry about it like that. I mean, the students that would cause me to worry are the ones that are invisible in my class, right?