I can't make these kinds of decisions by myself!
As I'm sure you know(or if you don't because you're new to here it's fairly easy to figure out) I obviously don't use my real name or even a good fake name. I would hope that everyone knows Nobody is not my real name. I'm sure people can come up with a hundred or more reasons that you would think someone uses that name and I'll explain my reasons in a minute, but the reason for this post is... Since I created my writing blog in which I use a different pen name, I've been thinking of changing my name here. I was thinking of changing it to be the same name I use on that blog which is Alex Steele(my awesome spy name), but now I'm thinking my real name....
Okay, so some people use a pen name because they don't want to use their real name for one reason or another, maybe for privacy purposes or because they don't want to be stalked by authors, this isn't why I use a fake name. The thought never crossed my mind. People might use the name Nobody because they feel like a nobody...also not the reason I use the name. It actually started a long time before I started blogging and it was for my writing. I was like 13 and I thought it was very mysterious, and that it would be awesome to have a book by Nobody. I'm reluctant to give this name up(not only because by now I use it for lots and lots of things) but because it was actually a really big part of who I am and was.
Basically, by using this name I could separate myself from my writing and it kind of became my alter ego when I first started writing, and it helped to write in many ways(again I was 13 and this is the way my brain worked then!). It kind of helped me separate myself from my writing and kind of made it less...scary?
So, when I started this blog it was just natural to use the name however now...sadly...I feel like I've outgrown the name. I don't think I'd ever use it if I published a book and more than that I kind of want my followers to know my real name!
The problem being...how do you change your name? I mean obviously it's actually very easy but....it's also kind of confusing for readers, right? Because all my links for like Top Ten Tuesday and such would no longer be Nobody @ The Story Goes... and my Twitter would no longer be Nobody @TheStoryGoes_ and my Goodreads would no longer be Nobody(The Story Goes...) and anytime I comment it would no longer say Nobody. Of course, people change their blogs name all the time and no one really gets confused so I suppose this isn't as big a deal...right?
Basically, this isn't so much a discussion as something I really want a second and third and ninetieth opinion on... If I did change it it would just be my first name and I wouldn't change anything else really... I'm just conflicted. Once I have a better idea of whether people think it would be confusing then I can decide if I'm ready to get rid of this name that I've kind of held on to maybe a bit too long.
So, please tell me your opinions because I am bad at making decisions of any kind! Do you think it would confuse people or am I just thinking too much?