One of the things I like about Twitter is the ability to change handles. I originally joined Twitter not to tweet but to sign into other services, because I grew tired of creating a bunch of different accounts just to post comments on various sites. When I signed up, I chose a handle that was based on my real name, rather than the nome de plume under which I write fiction.
That worked for a while (assuming you count neglect as a form of success). I wasn't blogging until 2014 when I re-launched my blog after a 5 year hiatus. I did so under my real name. Until 2014 I even maintained different sites: my author page (chrisrosser.net) and a development-focussed blog under a separate domain. This was a chore and both sites suffered -- they even used different technology!
When I consolidated both sites under the chrisrosser.net domain and a single technology (Pelican), my output increased but it meant that my social media accounts didn't reflect my public writer-self. My cover designer, Aidana Willowraven, who's rather aggressive on the social media front, argued in favour of change -- to the point of creative completely separate accounts. I avoided this because I don't like social networking platforms overly much.
Instead I created a Facebook page and changed my Twitter handle to something generic, @ffeniog. I chose this name because it has something to do with the mythos of my fantasy novel, Weaver of Dreams after find that many of Willow's suggestions were already taken or were too long for Twitter's handle policy.
Fast forward to yesterday when I created a new site logo (so that I could get images in Twitter Cards to work properly) and I decided that I should indeed a variation of my nome de plume.
I chose @CRosserAuthor.
It's similar to my Facebook page, includes enough of my name to please the marketing gods and describes what I do. Hopefully this will be the last change I make.
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