I realized last month that there was a (now defunct, apparently) blog of the same name as mine but without the "The". Since that person's blog seems to be inactive, and the titles were not exactly the same, I decided to go with 'The Timid Atheist' because that name spoke directly to the heart of how I felt.
Last week, one of my daughters briefly thought that a post she saw on a blog I occasionally visit might have been mine. The commenter's nym was Timid Atheist. It wasn't me, but I thought to myself, "OK, this is hardly surprising. There are surely more of us out there!" 'Closeted atheists' is one of my most frequent post topics, after all.
Today, a commenter on a blog I visit daily also had the nym Timid Atheist (it may even have been the commenter from last week). For all I know, that person has had the moniker Timid Atheist a lot longer than I have had my blog.
So, to avoid any confusion, I am changing the blog name to Nifty Atheist. This was my default choice anyway and is actually my blogger address name, so it probably makes more sense anyway.
And, best of all, I don't feel so timid anymore! I feel brave and inspired. Blogging will do that for you!