My name is Dave Johnson. With a last name like Johnson you would have thought my parents would have been more creative with my first name. The commonality of my name has caused me some slight discomfort over the years.
What's In a Name?
For example, at the beginning of my career, after five interviews, I was not hired at a large insurance agency because I "failed to disclose the time I had spent in a federal penitentiary". Although I could clearly prove that I hadn't spent time in the clink, the passed on me just the same.
Then there was the time I was almost denied a job with a large newspaper group because my background check had uncovered an arrest for assault and battery. After explaining that I was not that guy and never lived in New Mexico, I was given the job. As it turns out, it was the worst job ever!
Most recently, in San Diego at a Chamber of Commerce event, I met a guy who had the exact same name including my middle name and exact same birthday two years later. How is that for crazy?
I have thought about changing my name over the years, but never got around to it. Recently I have been joking about changing my name to a number like thirteen, but it isn't as original an idea as I had hoped. In fact, in an episode of Seinfeld, George informs his significant other that he plans to name his firstborn Seven after Mickey Mantle's jersey number.
Take a page from Prince's book and changing my name for a symbol crossed my mind, too. However, I didn't want to be known as "the guy formerly known as Dave Johnson". On top of that, I couldn't come up with a symbol that was as cool as the one Prince used.
Then the good ole internet came up with a solution, #NCADMAN. It is a moniker I have used since I moved from Maine to North Carolina in 2009. While there isn't a formal way to claim a hashtag, I have done everything I can think of to link my name to it. I own the .com, .net, .org and a few others. I have registered it with a company that registers hashtags, even though I am fairly certain they just took my $9 and did nothing else to speak of. So, from this point forth, I will still go by the name Dave Johnson, but I will be known on the worldwide web as #NCADMAN.