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How To Pick A Fun Online Name

Updated on September 1, 2016
Images such as the metatee rocks in the San Bernardino Mountains have been inspiration for my screenames.
Images such as the metatee rocks in the San Bernardino Mountains have been inspiration for my screenames.

Maybe I am a bit nostalgic about how the Internet used to be, but personally, I do not always want to connect my real name with what I am writing. Up until a few years ago I usually did not use my picture except on my Myspace and my Facebook, but even there I always used a screen name. I enjoy coming up with fun and creative screen names, and over the years these monikers have become part of my online identity. People who know me in real life, or people I talk to over the email, know my real name, but for the world to see I feel more comfortable having a screen name. One of the reasons I do this is because it is like a fun persona for me. Sweetiepie was a screen name I came up with for HubPages because I love sweets like pie, but I have many other screen names besides this one. So I know I am not the only one out there who feels this way, but today I was thinking about code names and nicknames when I read an article about how Obama is called "Renegade" by the secret service, and Biden is referred to as "Celtic". It got me thinking, screen names and nicknames can be a very fun way to create an alternative online/offline identity to share with your partner, friends, online friends, or even work colleagues. So how do you pick a personal yet fun screen name/nickname?

Person, Place, Or Thing

Remember how during share and tell in grade school when you had to reveal to the class whether the object you were going to present was a person, person, or thing? If not, let me elaborate. In kindergarten and first grade, we would bring an object in to share with the class, but the requirement was it must be concealed in a bag, or if it could not be there we had to let the class guess about it first. We would give students in the class several opportunities to guess what type of person, place, or thing this was until revealing exactly what we were going to share. If we were going to share a story about a parent that was exciting for us because no one could not see this person, but one student actually had their dad hide under a blanket for share and tell, which shows how silly this classroom game could get.

Anyway, when I was younger I learned there were certain people, places, and things that I had a special affinity for, especially the San Bernardino Mountains. Growing up in this place was the embodiment of security and beauty because I lived right next to a national forest and we only had a few neighbors at that time. More people have moved to this location since then. However, we tended to keep to ourselves for the most part both then and now, so I have always appreciated the somewhat isolated lifestyle of the mountains. The fire has drastically changed the landscape right next to my parents' house, but I will always be fond of the mountains, which have a special place in my mind and heart. I enjoy being in the mountains with my family and it is a place that I always go to for solitude.

Thus, one day when I was trying to come up with a screen name I choose Bearie23 because we saw bears in the mountains quite often, and I like the number 23. Actually, one day when I went out on a run I saw run approximately fifty feet in front of me before darting back into the woods, which prompted me to hide in a porta potty next to the ranger's station. I was so terrified after that I flagged down a local sheriff to give me a ride home, and he seemed a little scared I had been jogging by myself in the forest. Anyway, that was the last time I would ever do that, and I am sure they had quite a laugh about it when he got back to work. Thus, I think bears are beautiful creatures of nature, but I would never want to see one run directly in front of me again.

Most people would probably not realize what this screen name means to me, and some actually think my real name is Bearie. However, it is fun to share the story of how I came up with my first major screen name and I will always have many good memories about it.

Two years ago I joined HubPages and came up with the screen name Sweetiepie at the time, but I cannot exactly recall why. I believe it was because I like both pies and sweets, hence the nickname. This past year I started several websites and I was struggling for name for my site. I decided upon the domain name sweetbearies because I am sweetiepie here on HubPages, and I like my old screename Bearie23.

Screenames allow online writers to create an alter identity and just write for fun. When I am Sweetiepie on HubPages I do not have to worry about bills or work, I can just focus on writing and enjoying my leisure time. Writing has been a true therapy for me in many ways, and creating fun screen names to go along with my writing has made it a world of escapism. So what are your thoughts on screen names? I feel nicknames are a fun way to express another side of our identity.

Do you prefer an online screename/nickname?

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    • weblog profile image


      10 years ago from 1India

      SweetiePie says:6 days ago

      I almost never want to change my avatar now.

      You have changed!!

    • dingdong profile image


      10 years ago from South India


      Nice article. My next step will be joining your fan club, glad to do that for the 1st time as I have not joined anyone's so far.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank for stopping by and commenting. I always enjoy your visits :). Screenames are fun to make and a way to escape day to day life for sure :). I am glad the picture I took came out so well. I almost never want to change my avatar now.

    • weblog profile image


      10 years ago from 1India

      Nice to find it now, I don't know how did I miss at the time of publication. I have several email ids that have such fun names. I also have different screen names in other websites. It's good fun like you have mentioned.

      I want to say again, this candle light photo of yours is very artistic and it's the best in my opinion. Nice to know you took it yourself. Thumbs up!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am sure the quality time you are spending away from the computer is well worth the time away. I myself have been online less the last few days.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      I will let you know! I am pressed for time and not spending any quality time at the computer these past couple months. looking forward to that. Thanks for the compliment on my name. Happy Thanksgiving! C.S.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      C.S. Alexis,

      I like your screen name and it reminds me of C.S. Lewis. That might sound funny, but the letters are similar so it does. I did take the picture myself, I just cropped the image. It was taken next to a candle in my kitchen. I am excited to hear more about your website.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      10 years ago from NW Indiana


      First off I love the new self portrait, very luring! Did you take this photo?

      My screen name is how I sign my artwork. I have been toying with a new one for another website. This article has given me some food for thought on the subject. Great job here. C.S.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate your comments as always Benson.

    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      interesting subject and great tips. thanks.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think it is okay for those who feel safe telling people their name online, I am just not going to do it because I work with the public. Just do not want some weirdo stalker guy looking up my name and following me to work or back home. I sort of already had this problem a few months ago when this guy was following me and my sister around. You are an angel, so it is my sincere hope only angels do follow you :).

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi SweetiePie, I chose ripplemaker well because I love creating ripples. :) Nice ones I hope. My best friend used to call me Pixie but I find that too fairy taily for a screen name !! And since I reveal my name online, I hope the only ones who "follow" me are angels on wings. LOL

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi SweetiePie,

      Shortly before I came to Hubpages I knew nothing about internet. When introduced to Hubpages and signing up I didn't know about screen names, like I said I knew nada. The name Dottie on Hubpages was already taken so that's why I am Dottie1. I had no idea that anyone would be viewing this name. I thought it was some kind of code. LOL While reading about how you picked your names, the first name that came to mind for me was DotDash. LOL That was a nickname that was given to me and then people got lazy and just called me Dash. I don't know what I would use for sure yet if I need a screen name. All I know is I still have a whole lot more to learn as I begin my second year here on hubpages. Thanks for the fun hub!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Constant Walker,

      I like your really your screename. Besides, you are one of the few people who walks everywhere like I do, so I think it is so cool :).


      Your screename is very fitting because you write and blog a lot, I like it! I also understanding keeping your real name in your screename, but I guess I am shy for a few reasons. I tend to work with the public and do not want someone going home and googling me and stalking me. This summer I find a guy was stalking my sister and I, and it was kind of creepy. In the past I also had a few people who stalked me online and offline, so for those reasons I just do not put anything associated with my name online. On my classmates account I do, but since I do not pay for that one I rarely look at it. However, I understand many people like to have their real name as part of their screename, suppose I am just a little paranoid after past experience. Wish I was brave like everyone else and could have my real name online.


      You are so sweet and I love both of your screenames! I think both are fitting of you :).


      I like your screename. It is cute and you are happy to be a mom, that is so great! I like your picture you use on your avatar by the way.


      Once I experimented in a chatroom and used different names just to see what people would say. When I called myself boring guy no one wanted to talk to me, but when I called myself hotkitten everyone did. It is weird how a simple name change on a chat room changes peoples' outlook, but kind of a funny funny experiment to play once and awhile. Thanks for sharing!

    • trish1048 profile image


      10 years ago

      In my many years in chatrooms, one of the things I loved to do was make up screennames and profiles to fit the name.  I'll never forget one name I came up with.  I no sooner signed on, and my entire screen was filled with IMs (instant messages), so much so the server said I had to close the window.  I literally had at least 20 or 30 people on my screen trying to talk to me all at once.  I had a great laugh over that one.  Unfortunately, I will not reveal the name, let's just say it was a bit naughty :)

      A lot of times I'll take words from my favorite songs, and currently have one called SmokeyPlaces with a number attached.  I used to love that song.  This name, Trish1048, is my original one I created when I first got a computer.

      Fun hub, thanks for sharing.

    • gwendymom profile image


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have pretty much used the same name from the first time I started using the internet, it was gwendygirl for a short time but quickly changed to gwendymom, that's just who I am.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well I have a few other names too..Mersbabes..because when i worked for this chinese lady she called me "MERS"  and then I have cared for babies for along time so I combined them ..mersbabes..and unless I tell you you would never guess..G-Ma is simple as that...Fun Hub sweetbearie..errr...SweetiePie  LOL  G-Ma :o) Hugs

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      I like names that mean something, and say something about the person. Like Constant Walker - he walks a lot, and me Marisuewrites, who writes a lot, and one of my screennames on aim is marisuetoday -- that was when I had gone thru a lot and decided that marisuetoday was good enough for now....then I had another account that was marisuenow. which was the same, basically...I try to stay with what's in my name, and easy for someone to remember.

      A rose, by any other still a rose. =))

    • Constant Walker profile image

      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Good subject, Sweetie. But, c'mon! We all know I have absolutely the dankest screen name ever dreamed up - just ask me!



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