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Poll #1545884 Username Crowdsourcing

Should I change my LiveJournal username?

No. Keep burger_eater
Yes. Change it to some version of your real name. That's what authors do (sometimes)
Yes. I will suggest a new username in comments
I would like to complain about this poll.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Torn about how to vote, but I ended up changing mine from dsnight to jimhines, specifically for book/author reasons. I figure I want to make it as easy as possible for those who want to check out my work to remember who I am when browsing at Amazon or the local bookstore.
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
So THAT'S where dsnight went! He turned into you!

You're torn, though? I notice you didn't vote. Do you wish you kept the dsnight moniker? I mean, you make a simple case for changing, but not for keeping it the same.
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
It's your LJ. I'm not gonna tell you what to do :-)

Besides, I agree with Nick. "Burger Eater" is a cute LJ handle!
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)

Apr. 1st, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Why is it burger_eater?
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
For pretty much the reason you expect: I eat burgers.

Some of my earliest posts were all about making good ones. I don't cook like I used to since the writing thing became a job.
Apr. 1st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Another option is if you want your real name, get it too. Keep this one for your personal friends list and use that one as a mirror for your public blog posts. (a hint from someone with multiple LJs: use the same email and password. If you decide to change your name after a little while, you have to have the same email and password to change them over.)
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm not going to do that. Sorry, it's not a bad idea, but it would never work for me. I already have more time sinks than time, and LJ is my main space, but I couldn't keep up with another blog.
Apr. 1st, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
also, you could get Ray_lily....
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)

::runs from room::
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
There's definitely validity in wanting to use your real name so readers can find you, but I voted to keep Burger Eater because I like it and think it's cute.
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)

::clears throat::


::clears throat again::

Aw, the hell with it. I'll just post about Wii Hulk or something.
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Have you seen me change mine? No. Then don't change yours!

If you feel the need for a more professional name, get a new account that you use for your professional blogging, maybe.

I do have rykspoor_beta, but that's an LJ community for people who beta-read my stuff before it actually goes anywhere.
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, people are running strongly against the change. I'm kinda surprised, frankly.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
On the one hand, I think you should be professional, but on the other, you should be able to be personal and have any name that you want. Your readers aren't going to care, much. But, it's up to you. :)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
That's a great question since I'm thinking of doing the same thing when I get to that stage (published), though a person picks the name for a reason. You already have followers with the current name, why make it more complicated for them and for yourself?

I like things simple as I can make them. I used to cross post about my writing on LJ, Myspace, and Blogger (even tried wordpress for a second, but that went no where). I began to get stressed and then got rid of Blogger since I didn't feel there was a "community feel" like there is at LJ and Mypace (I keep Myspace because that's where I got my start with my blog, but felt that I needed to have another place for those that don't use Mypace, though the same goes for LJ, but I'm making a stand with just these two and might go with LJ permanently very soon).

If you like the name stick with it. If you want to change it for peace of mind and therefore allowing others to be able to find your blog easier as by your name, then that works to. :)

I hope this helps.

Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
If I had known things would turn out this way, I would have created separate LiveJournal accounts from the start.

And I understand how hard it can be to abandon a social networking site. People slowly trickle away, interactions die off, but you hang on to what you have in hopes things will pick up.

Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
I would change it to make myself easier to find. But looking at the poll, it appears that most people prefer the goofy name. ::shrugs::
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