‘I don’t like your blog name.’ Said Christine, my housemate. It reminds me of a ‘skinned dead cat tied to a tree.’ Oh, thanks, friend.
I’ve been getting a few people ask me what my blog name means recently. I guess that is a fair question. Skinnedcartree. What the fuck is that?
Firstly, it’s all one word pronounced as the three words ‘skinned car tree’.
It’s not one of those types of names that you would probably remember, or think it’s a lifestyle, fashion or beauty blog. It just is what it is.
You’re going to probably think I’m an even bigger dick than you already do when you find out where my blog name come from. It’s not a new word for me. I’ve been skinnedcartree since I was around 12.
So it starts when the internet first became a thing that people had in their homes
Place: My dads office.
Remember when there were like, only 5 websites in existence?
Bolt Blue (you know, where you could download funky logos to your Nokia 5110?’
There might have been a few more, but these were the few I remember.
Annnnyyyyhhoooo. We had dialup provided to us by a company called Blue Yonder. You had to pay for internet use back then, it wasn’t a monthly thing like now! But between 7:30pm and 8pm every evening, it was free to use the internet.
I had two friends that lived at the bottom of my street – they were sisters and had kind of bad influence on me (think prank phone calls and bike rides on main roads). The things we got up to usually resulted me in being grounded for a long time! When my Mum was driving home from bingo with my Aunty and saw 10 year old Corinne cycling around the biggest roundabout in Doncaster, I was grounded for about a month. My friends seemed to escape punishment though. Damn them.
Anyway, yes – the three of us would go on the internet when it was free and go into the Freeserve chatrooms. It was the time when everyone used to just be like :
I don’t think WTF or OMG was even a thing back then.
Wait, I’ve lost my point again. So yes, we would go to the chatrooms under the name ‘Cartree’. Then we would basically troll the hell out of it by typing something along the lines of this:
Cartree Says: car
Cartree Says:treeeeee cartreee carrr
Cartree Says:tree carrtreeeeecacar car trree car
Cartree Says:treee carrttree carcarcar tree
The idea behind it all was that Cartree was like a Pokemon that could only say it’s own name. Trying to communicate with the human bean was really difficult for poor Cartree. After some intense abuse, Cartree often got kicked out of the chat for spamming. I don’t think they understood the concept of banning back then, so we could just rejoin and do it over and over and over again.
And we did. And we found it hilarious. It was such a knobhead thing to do, really. As it prevented everyone else asking people A.S.L? Over and over and over and over and over again.
Let’s fast forward a little:
Place: My bedroom
I finally had cable connected to my computer to let me get on the internet in my room! Although only one of us could get on at one time. Dad and I could use it whenever though, until Mum yelled at us for clogging the phone line.
I started joining forums and things around this time and wanted to chat with some of the people on there on MSN. There was this one guy that I wanted to talk to but he was American and only used AIM, the AOL version of MSN. So I downloaded it. But my usual user name ‘Groovy Chick’ (yes, I went there) was taken. The the choice was either Gro0vy_Chick09593005096843£££RRFSSAAW!!)£$, which I thought was hard to remember, or to get inventive.
I tried Cartree but that was taken, but it gave me a suggested name of ‘Skinnedcartree’. I thought it was pretty LOL so decided to go for it.
And it’s pretty much been my username ever since. The thing I like about it is that nobody else uses it, so it’s all mine.
It might not be the prettiest name, or one that makes you think ‘I bet her blog is a good un’, but it’s mine.
So yes, my blog name is the result of me spamming chat rooms when I was 12.
What does your blog name mean to you?
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