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Sister to Sister: Usernames

Usernames. In today's world, we all have to have usernames, and many of them. Endless websites require an account before you can use them. Others allow you to do some things, but there are constant reminders that if you would just create a FREE account, then you could do so much more!

You can, of course, just use the same username over and over for every account you have. But sometimes there are accounts that you don't want to tie together, like your Instagram and your NaNoWriMo. (Or maybe you do - I don't know.) So you're probably going to need to come up with new usernames pretty regularly. And if you're anything like me, inventing a moniker that you're willing to be known by is tricky.

So how do you go about it? Interesting question. You can, of course, just put in your name and see if it's already taken. I've definitely seen people who put their name and age (e.g. amanda14, or amandamichaelson, or ajmichaelson14. You get the idea.) Some others put their name and birth year (e.g. amanda03). But do you really want whoever sees your username to know your name and your age? That seems like a lot of information to give out to whatever random people might be looking at your stuff on the internet, especially on more public forums than NMG.

But if you rule out personal information, it suddenly becomes a lot harder to create usernames. However, don't despair! There are options still left for you. Many of them, in fact. So start here. Take a piece of paper and write down things that you like. Try writing them in columns next to each other. So a list of mine might go like this:

Singing

Dance

Computer

Dragon

Space

(etc)

Then what you can do with that list is expand on the list. So from “computer” you could get “Cyber”, “Keyboard”, “Chip”. From “space” you could get “Comet”, “Star”, “Eclipse”, “Galaxy”, and so on. Then you can start stringing your ideas together. “CyberStar”. “EclipseDance.” “Singing Dragon”. The possibilities, as they say, are endless. More likely than not, you'll eventually stumble upon something that appeals to you.

And sometimes you might want to use the same username for multiple websites. I have one username that I use for websites that are aimed more at creative pursuits, another that I use for computer studies, and so on. On the other hand, I don't use my email address prefix (the part that comes before the @) for anything but my email. In the end, it's up to you what things you want to use the same persona for and which ones you would rather make separate.

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Hi! I'm Valentina, and I'm 16 years old. I write a lot of fluffy fiction in my free time, and a lot of it makes its way to this site. Sometimes the fluff will veer towards angst, but it usually finds its way back by the end of the story. I'm on NMG at least once a day normally, and I read every comment my writing gets. Thanks for reading!

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Comments

  • Mod S2S Mentor
    This is a great article, Valentina! I don't have accounts on very many websites currently, but my username is something I always have difficulty with when it is something I need to decide on, so your tips are good to have. Thanks so much for writing this. :D
  • What I sometimes use for a username is based on a current obsession. For example, axolotls. *falls into memories*
  • This is actually very useful! Thank you! :D
  • This is a great article!
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