Anybody else struggle a lot with deciding how to refer to somebody when you’re quoting them in a blog post–i.e. with their first name or last name? I’ll use their full name the first time I mention a person, but for subsequent mentions I want to use something shorter.

First name feels right for people I’ve met in real life or interacted with online, and last name feels right when I don’t have a personal connection with the person, but I am trying to write a post where I’m quoting one person from each category, and it would be weird to call one of them by their first name and one of them by their last.

Also, if I follow the rule above, it tends to mean I refer to more women by their first name and more men by their last name, which feels de-professionalizing toward the women.

Fiona Voss @fiona