Flashback to a post I wrote about personal branding, in particular your name.
I suspect it’s something that happens as you get older, but sometimes I roll my eyes at people who persist in using nicknames on the Interwebs.
If it’s a nickname you’ve had In Real Life, then fair enough. But otherwise?
Why use it online if you’d never call yourself that elsewhere?
It’s true, for a few years around my early-20s, I used one: Raymond Luxury-Yacht, after the character in Monty Python who declares his name is actually pronounced “throat-wobbler mangrove”.
(That sketch is one of a handful that had me literally rolling on the floor with uncontrollable laughter the first time I saw it.)
These days assuming someone isn’t trying to deliberately hide their identity for some reason, nicknames just seem a bit… well… silly.
I’m not talking about the name of a blog/web site, or contractions of a Real Name, but a completely made-up nickname for no reason other than it sounds good.
Does anybody go the whole hog and use deed poll to change their Real Name to their Net name?
It’s another of these things which is down to personal choice, I suppose. And
maybe of course I’m turning into an old man.
Expecting some interesting comments from those who use nicknames here!