Why on earth would you choose the name “Silverfire”?

I don’t actually know. I’d need a time machine to go ask my 13-year-old self why it seemed like a cool name.

Sick of Geocities and other free hosting of the late 90s, I was one of a small legion of teenagers who bought domains with cute names, joined webrings, hosted other teenagers’ websites, and built a small community. It was social media before there really was social media. When Blogger came on the scene, we created group blogs. WordPress hadn’t even been invented yet (fun fact: one of my hostees, Elissa, went to high school with one of the guys who invented WordPress. She is now an amazing wedding photographer).

We all faded away as we entered the college years and became too busy to redesign and perfect layouts using the images of our favorite movie/rockstar/idol.

Unlike many of my compatriots, I felt an obligation to renew the domain name every year. I’ve owned various other sites over the years, but this one has an overwhelming sense of nostalgia tied to it. (Plus, if I hold on to this—despite not remembering how the name originated—I don’t have to think of a new, creative name.)

Who are you?

I’m a Digital Strategist working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at my alma mater, Washington College.*

After graduating in 2007, I returned home to Central PA and held a variety of jobs from publishing to nonprofit to call center to a stint at a convenience store (student loans!). In 2009, I went back to school for secondary education certification. I completed student teaching in 2011, which is also about the time I decided to move to Maryland with my husband. Around that time, a job opened up at Washington College, and the moment I was back on campus I was hooked.

When I’m not working, I’m usually hanging out with my husband. We own a house next to a stream in Cecil County, Maryland, and if we’re not there, we can usually be found in Delaware or Pennsylvania. I like beer, Netflix, the beach and especially a combination of those three things. We have a pet turtle named Mr. Turtle (he came with the husband).

*My opinions and views are not necessarily shared by Washington College. Blog posts, Tweets and Instagrams are my own, although sometimes I will talk about how awesome WAC is.

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