I don’t. I started getting online back in 1996, and there was this big thing back then about not sharing any info people could use to find you. You weren’t supposed to give out your real name, address, city or state. Not tell people what school you went to, what job you had, etc.
So I used my nickname in any chat rooms, and also used it to sign up with different websites. To differentiate from all the other Silvara’s out there at the time, I added a last name that fit the character and that I liked.
“Silvara” is actually taken from the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. It means “Silver Dragon” in one of the Elven tongues (Silvanesti I think? I don’t remember!) She’s a silver dragon who ends up falling in love with an Elven Prince. She’s also a magic user and shapeshifter. When first introduced in the books, she is masquerading as a Wilder Elf. So I thought the last name of Wilde would fit perfectly.
I’ve had that nickname since I was 13 years old. So about half a century now! I actually answer to it faster than my real name! I get packages sent to my house using that name. It’s on my voice mail (along with my real name of course!) and I still use it anytime I sign up for a website or need a user name. Some friends of mine back then said my personality was similar to hers. So they gave me the nickname. And it pretty much stuck.
I’ve noticed in the blogging community though, that a lot of bloggers seems to use their real first name or a nickname based on their real name. So it got me to wondering how many of you do that, and how many use a pseudonym or nickname that has nothing to do with your actual name?