Day 2 is all about the meaning behind my blog name. As I mentioned yesterday, I used to play on a MUD. My MUD usernames (and bboard usernames) were usually goddesses - Ishtar, Hestia, that kind of thing. When I switched from the MUD to World of Warcraft, the server my friend was on was well-established and every single character name I tried was already taken. In frustration, I started using the WoW random name generator. Most of them were taken too, but I finally manged to find one that was free and sounded similar to my other themed names: Ilaeria.
Ilaeria became my WoW handle and I also used it elsewhere for user names, emails, and twitter. At the peak of my WoW addiction, I got called Ilaeria far more often than I got called Jen. Most people knew me by Ilaeria. I managed to kick the WoW habit*, but I still used Ilaeria for twitter and other online identities. So when it came to making a blog, it was the logical choice.
* If you object to me using the language of addiction for WoW, well, I guess you've never known someone who played WoW (or one of the other MMORPGs). It seriously is an addiction. As someone who is also an ex-smoker, I feel like I can compare the two. WoW was expensive, anti-social, and hard to quit. Just like I still get cigarette cravings after 6.5 years of being completely smoke-free (and 3 years before that of being mostly smoke-free), I still get WoW cravings after a year of being WoW-free.