How many here saw Teo Bishop's blog post on changing his name? The Gods always seem to work these things out well, because this was perfectly timed for me to read.
You see, I've been considering something similar.
Not legally changing my name, because I don't really need to. However, I've been thinking about a switch to the longer version of my name for some time now, which is Anastasia. "Stacy" doesn't really fit me in many ways anymore. Needless to say, this has been a very difficult decision, and after talking with many friends and family members, I've decided to go ahead and do it. If someone wants to know the personal reasoning behind it they are more than welcome to message me, and I'll tell them what I feel comfortable telling.
Suffice it to say, I'm not the person I used to be. I feel that my name should reflect that.
I will say this: As I have already talked to many people I respect about this, I feel I have all the thoughts and opinions I need to make this decision. This was in no way an easy decision - taking a step away from who I used to be - but a necessary one. If someone (yay for trolls) decides to post a negative comment, I will delete it without posting it. This is going to be a happy time for me. Support, however, is always welcome.
Over the next month or two, there will be changes made slowly. My Facebook accounts will reflect the name page. My G+ and YouTube accounts will change, so keep an eye out for me to post the new links to those. I will keep the name Stacy for my writing, and so nothing in that arena will change. Over the next 6 months to a year (it depends on how much time I have) I will be moving this blog to my own domain - it will be an interesting switch.
For those who know me personally, while I would prefer to be called by my new name, I will not be upset at a slip up. I'll probably only gently correct it. Stacy is still part of my name, after all. There are a few people I don't expect to make the change. If they do, it will surprise the heck out of me - like Sean, and my parents.
So, I hope you all follow me across the interwebz as make this change, and subscribe/like wherever I end up.