If you’re anything like me, there’s another person out there, somewhere, with your exact name. Try a Google search on yourself. It’s better to start early. This way, you can get to know who shares a name with you. Who knows??! You may even become friends.
Growing up, there was always at least one other ‘Jennifer’ in my class. So, I went by ‘Jennifer L.’ These days, in philosophy, there are indeed other Jennifer’s .
Jennifer Saul is one such Jennifer. Lucky for us, she goes by ‘Jenny,’ whereas I go by, sometimes, ‘Jennie.’ This is a fortunate and lucky way we have uniquely signified ourselves.
Why is this important?
If you appreciate your own work–but, even more importantly, if others do–people will want to cite you, save it for posterity, and so forth. So, they need to know which Jennifer is which because, after all, they may simply love all Jennifers.
Do a Google search o yourself. See what you find. You are probably already, in some way, differentiated from others, but perhaps not. It’s nice to know, however, just what’s out there about you.