This weeks Question Time is all about getting to know you. Or your online persona more specifically. We all have our blogs/sites for a multitude of reasons, and I love that a wide selection of bloggers visit me here. Movie reviewers, published authors, actors, poets or just straight up random-ness, I love how diverse my readers are and also the blogs they come from. So this week I want to know the most personal question so far, and ask just exactly who are you?
Now obviously I’m not going to be too intrusive, and all I really want to know is if you use a pseudonym online or your real name. And why.
By doing my Desert Island Project (always need new volunteers, would love a list from you if you haven’t joined in, please read THIS if you’re interested, thanks!) I have been in contact with a lot of you. What I find the hardest part, is when I receive emails they come from people and their sites, but with their ‘real‘ name. My conundrum then is what name I go with when I address you on the actual post, and then on any other comments etc. I never want to offend anyone, and only really use people’s ‘proper‘ names if they either prefer me to or tell me to. For those who use their real names on their work, obviously that’s by choice, but do you ever wish you had gone with a pseudonym or are you happy having yourself out there?
Personally, I made my pseudonym years ago for online gaming (Xbox live – feel free to add me!) and kept with it for my blog. It’s strange seeing my friends/family/wife refer to me as ‘Tyson’ on my site, but I really wanted to keep all my personal details separate. Plus I love my made up name. The name actually comes from 2 of my favourite boxers – Mike Tyson & Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (you really should see the film ‘Hurricane’, it’s an incredible true story with Denzel Washington playing the role of Rubin Carter).
I know lots of you have cool & crazy pseudonyms, and I would love to know what your reasoning and motivation was for choosing the one you have. There is a prize for the winner (metaphorically speaking, there is no real prize). I’m sure some are personal and I’m really not trying to pry, I’m just interested in seeing the reasons behind the name I see commenting around my site. I look forward to hopefully learning a bit more about some of you! Thanks for reading, and see you next week for another Question Time.
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