So, I've quoted the question, and pasted my response below it. Anyone interested in knowing where the name "Muff Wiggler" comes from, and what it means, will find the answer in here. Feel free to share your thoughts. Mostly I hope the name makes people laugh, and that's it. But I am sorry if it offends people.... just not sorry enough to change!
You raise a really good question about "Muff Wiggler"! To be honest, I've long wondered how long it would be before I was asked. Believe it or not, it's never really come up before.Hey, do you get flack about "Muff Wiggler" not being PC for the 21st century? Just curious.
Ok, there's one case - years ago, long before I had a website, or a blog, or a forum, one small comment was made. "Muff Wiggler" has been my handle (nickname) on varous web forums for a few years now. At one point, on a music-software forum, a well-known male member said something along the lines of "And I've always found your handle to be offensive and degrading to women".
Anyway, that was the only time. A bunch of other members (a few of them women) replied that they took no offense to my name, and found it quite silly and funny. It was routinely chosen as a top contender for "Who has the best name on our forum?" threads.
Actually, there was only one other comment ever made - I sent John Blacet a link to the Blacet forum here, and he replied "Muffwiggler? Sounds mildly offensive!". That was the sum total of his reply! I don't think he ever looked at the forum :loL:
Anyway, back to the name. I definately DO see how it can cause some (hopefully mild) offense, and I do agree that it's not "PC" for the current era. It's a little bit "by design" to be truthful with you.
Some background - The name was chosen long before I had ever considered launching a website, blog, forum etc. Most of this stuff has happened by accident.
I mentioned the "music software" forum above - well, it's one of the largest forums on the Internet, and I've been a member there for years - I'm a moderator there now. Anyway, I had a different handle there at first, one that I didn't like. I needed to change it, but couldn't pick one.
At the same time, I was playing in a local band. We played two nights a week in clubs in town, for fun and beer. We both have good day jobs, and didn't do the music thing seriously at all, no interest in getting somewhere with it. Every night we played, we billed ourselves under a different name. Well, we started to get a bit of a following, and the clubs really wanted us to have a consistent name, as we were starting to draw people to the clubs.
We really couldn't find a name. We tried so hard. We opened dictionaries, pointed to random words, tried this with other books, all sorts of stuff. Couldn't get a name we liked.
So one night at practise, between songs, we're talking about the name thing. I look down at all the guitar and FX pedals on the floor - there was a lot of Electro-Harmonix stuff down there! For some reason, two of them stood out to me, the "Big Muff Pi", and "The Wiggler".
I looked at them, and blurted out "Muff Wiggler!"
We all laughed really hard. For way too long. For some reason, it was absolutely hilarious. Much funnier that in should have been, to be honest. We were picturing gig flyers, and kids telling their parents "We're going to see Muff Wiggler!!". Much (cheap) hilarity!
Anyway, I really wanted to use the name for our band, but my partner nixed it - "Too Racy", and I'm sure he was right.
Anyway, I couldn't let it go - and my wife thought it was outrageously funny as well, so I switched my nickname on the aforementioned forum to "Muff Wiggler". It really seemed to be a minor 'hit', people responded to it well, and I think in the tongue-in-cheek humour that was intended. Lots of laughs.
Well, fast-forward a couple of years. I got a great deal on webhosting (like, an INSANELY great deal), and I wanted webspace just to upload songs and samples for people to download (there was no Virb or similar services at the time). I took "Muffwiggler.com", because, well, that was my name, I thought it would be silly fun, and it was not going to be anything serious.
Around the same time, Matrixsynth changed so that you needed to login to comment. So I made a Blogger account, with my name Muff Wiggler. I didn't originally plan to use the blog, as I had brand-new webspace.
Well, the blog was so easy to post to, I started putting random comments and posts up, and people interestingly enough started to visit, read and post. Wow!
Next, I was playing with my webhosting, learning about all the cool options they gave me. I had access to PHP scripting, and a mySQL database. I figured, just for fun, I would put up a phpBB forum, just to learn more about forum management, mySQL and PHP (I'm a geek). I never expected the forum to go anywhere, never thought I would ever have more than one or two members, honestly.
I want to make this point - not only do I not sell anything, nor make money from the website, nor support any advertisers or banners, beyond this, I also have never gone around inviting people to my forum, or performed any sort of 'membership drive'. I put "visit my forum!" in my signature at a couple of other forums, only seen by people who already know me as "Muff Wiggler". I've never suggested that my silly little place on the Internet become any portal for synth info, or anything else for that matter. It was really just a dumb joke that took on its own organic growth.
But, people started showing up! Registering, posting, discussing. It's still all very amazing to me. They all have some similar interests, which I began to try to cater to in the structure of the forum by creating sub-forums etc. These people all came on their own accord.
Anyway, do I think "Muff Wiggler" is not PC for the 21st century? Yes I do.
However, not to sound like an ass, but I also don't really care. And I thought PC was supposed to be dead anyway? I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I'm far beyond trying to cater to PC-ness, and beyond losing sleep over what other people think. I strongly support the right of people to hold their own opinions, viewpoints, lifestyles. If someone takes offense at the name, I am sorry for that, I support their right to take this offense, and I don't hold it against them. I'm sure they don't visit and post, and that's fine with me. But I'm also not here to try to appease everyone (which is impossible!). I'm here to have fun, have some laughs, and maybe learn a bit. That's it. It's just me.
I'm not worried about alienating people. Personally I feel life is too short, and would suggest that these people lighten up and have a sense of fun and a sense of humour. I can't imagine how they feel about websites like ogrish.com or somethingawful.com if they take offense to "Muff Wiggler"! But certainly, to each their own, and I do respect their right to feel uncomfortable about the website's name. Luckily it's a very, very big internet, and there's lots of other places they can spend their time. I never suggested that ANYONE come to my shitty little corner of the web!
Anyway, that's my take. I'm a bit of a libertarian in a lot of regards, and think people can and should be free to have whatever attitudes, in-jokes, opinions, sexuality, religion that they want. This is all good stuff. I draw the line when people get hurt because of these views or opinions, but I don't think "Muff Wiggler" is ruining anyone's life. Hopefully it either makes them laugh, or simply look for something else to do with their time.