What’s in a Name: The First Steps to Building Your Gaming Persona

One of the most exciting things about making the decision to start trying to monetize your gaming is getting to build your online persona from the ground up. The doors of the Internet are open wide for you to showcase the best facts of your personality and be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Choosing your own name will be a vital part of your persona, and it’s something you’ll want to give a lot of thought to before settling on your choice. After all, this is what your fans will know you by and the name people will use to talk about your channel, blog, or website for years to come. Here are some ways to get started brainstorming.

Using Your Own Name

"Choosing your name will be an important aspect of your persona"

“Choosing your name will be an important aspect of your persona”

An obvious go-to for familiarity is to use a variant of your own name for your online self. This is also a great choice if you already have a following or fan base that you’re trying to carry over who already knows you by your legal name. Depending on how you want to portray yourself to your audience, you could just simply use your first and last name and call it a day. If you want to shake things up, brainstorm and play around with combinations and cut-ups of your first, last, and even middle name until you find something suitable. If you’re only using your first name, consider adding another word into the mix, like your favored screen name or an old sentimental alias.

Using Your Nickname

"A nickname can give a personal feel to your website"

“A nickname can give a personal feel to your website”

This option is another staple, and is useful if you don’t want everyone you knew in high school to recognize you right off the bat. A nickname gives your fans a chance to like they know you better right away, and like they can talk to you or about you like they would any other friend. If that kind of casual feel is right for you, using a nickname might be your best bet. Again, there’s a lot of room for play here. You are totally in control of your name, so if you have a nickname that you like but wish was just a BIT different, now’s your time to take matters into your own hands.

Creating a New Name or Company Name

If you’re really want to get creative or feel like using your legal name won’t be the right fit for your persona, you can create a new one entirely. This may be particularly useful if you plan on building a company or group that will involve more people than you and (if you’re lucky) your friend who does your filming and editing. If you’re going to be participating in group videos or have more than one gamer posting their own videos alongside you, you’ll need a more broad name. And really, it can be anything under the sun. It doesn’t even have to be gaming related, if you prefer, just something catchy and recognizable. You go wild with word combinations, made up words, and even puns if that’s what you like.

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