[Originally posted here in 2003. Check out some fun comments from Ray[mond] Chen, Dan[iel] Appelman and many others! I've edited it a teeny bit below.]
I have been asked a gazillion times: “is it Julie or Julia?” And I was recently told [by the very confused, considering how darned smart he is, Jon Box] that I should blog this. So here is the answer.
I am “Julia on paper” - birth certificate, business cards, bank accounts, credit cards and every where else that I try to give the impression of being a grown up. It's my real, official name.
But I have been called “Julie” my entire life. It's my nickname. So that is what I refer to myself and what I am used to being called. I've been told it doesn't count as a nickname because it's the same number of letters as my real name, but, hey, it's less syllables, right? :-)
If you saw me on the street, or perhaps across a crowded room at PDC and called “Hey, Julia!”, chances are that I won't even turn my head, as it won't even register that someone is calling me.