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Neil: “Maybe I should kill off the “Neilochka” name.”

Sophia: “Why would you do that? Everyone knows you by that name.”

Neil: “That’s the problem. It would be better branding if eveyone knew me as “Citizen of the Month.” I notice that real bloggers are known by the same name as their blog. Like Redneck Mommy or The Bloggess. It is confusing that I call myself Neilochka, but the blog Citizen of the Month.”

Sophia: “You can call yourself Tuchus (*Yiddish for rear end) and it wouldn’t matter. Your blog still doesn’t make any money.”

Posted on iPhone, one minute after conversation, from passenger seat in Sophia’s Prius, on the 405


  1. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Tuchus would attract Yiddish porn bots, which might be interesting…

  2. Isabel

    Wait, there are Yiddish porn bots?

    (Maybe you could use the Yiddish porn bots to your advantage and make money off your blog!)

    (Just a thought.)

  3. Kim @ Beautiful Wreck

    Sophia may be on to something.

  4. Vicki

    Tuchus does have a slightly poetic ring to it.

  5. Joie

    This is the first time in years that I have heard the word tuchus used without being immediately preceded by my mother telling me to “get off my…”
    Also? You’ll always be our Neilochka.

  6. Minky

    I love Sophia. You two are such a pair!

  7. tysdaddy

    you could just go by the last word in your blog. Go by Month. I’m considering this, so I can go by God . . .

  8. Bill

    If you added an “o” to it, you could call yourself “touchus” which has an, um, interesting ring to it.

  9. Kyran

    I think Sophia would make an excellent branding consultant.

  10. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

    Heh…I like it. You could change it to “Tuchus of the Month”. I’m picturing headers that would change monthly…

  11. Pearl

    “Tuchus Kramer”, huh? I think “tuchus” denotes a pain in the ass. Therefore, I prefer to think of you as “Tooshie Kramer”; it has a softer sound to it…and means the same thing.

  12. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Tuchus of the Month!!!! Ha ha ha

    Colleen wins!

    • Neil

      Not sure Tuchus of the Month was the branding I was shooting for.

  13. Akaky

    you’re kidding, right?

  14. Danny

    I can just hear Sophia saying this and I screamed with laughter when I read it. Too good! The real question is, do you WANT your blog to be a moneymaking venture and, if so, why don’t you go ahead and try getting ads already? To be honest, I mostly want you to do it because I’m skeptical as to whether that can ever really work and I know you’ll walk us through the process. Have you ruled it out or are you still considering it?

  15. Jack

    A thousand years ago I wrote about Frum Sex. I still get regular traffic from it.

  16. Heather

    Hysterical! Keep it. It fits you.

  17. giftsofthejourney (Elizabeth Harper)

    So there it is in seven words …

    ” Your blog still doesn’t make any money ”

    I’m afraid I’d have to go with the idea that you call yourself your blog name, but then my ex-husband’s name is Neale so I’m a bit biased.

  18. Juli Ryan

    Almost everyone knows Redneck Mommy and the Bloggess by their real names (just like Neilochka at Citizen of the Month). So maybe it’s not a branding failure. In fact, if you think about it, COTM and Neilochka are just like Dooce and Heather Armstrong!

    For some reason, I keep thinking of Citizen Neil. Like “Citizen Kane”. A critical success, and a commerical failure?

  19. Stacey


    We’re not worried about the name. We’re more concerned with the content.

  20. Karl

    I just call you Roomie, but maybe that is just me.

  21. Tuck

    Not everyone can handle the ch sound. How about Meshuggener?

  22. bookfraud

    tuchas, shmuckas. how about “fregt mikh bekheyrem”? rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

  23. Cheryl

    I second what Stacey said!

    CONTENT Neil, content.

    And besides, I love Neilochka. It’s how I “met” you on Twitter and frankly, couldn’t imagine just seeing “Neil” in my twitter feed. Not that there’s anything wrong w/ that…

  24. Jenny, Bloggess

    My blog doesn’t make much money either, tuchus.

  25. usedtobeme

    I go by usedtobeme (because a boss found my blog and it freaked me out) but my blog is Why are you stalking me? I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  26. flutter

    braaaaaaaaanding. blaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

  27. Emily

    Yeah, but you get 27 comments for something you wrote on your phone.

  28. Allie


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