Earlier this week at my knitting group, we were talking about our Ravelry usernames, and it got me thinking about how people pick their usernames. I’m always curious about the seemingly random ones.
Up until a few weeks ago, I was TheAndiPants on Ravelry which probably struck other people as random. Andi Pants was one of my nicknames in high school. When I was in Intro to Theater Arts, my friend and I used to try to make eachother laugh when we were supposed to be quiet by whispering words in silly voices. I could make laugh without fail by saying “pants” in a goofy voice. She started calling me Andi Pants, and the nickname just stuck.
Before I started designing, I was really cautious about keeping my last name off the internet. I would use Andi as my first name and Pants as my fake last name. It sort of stuck, and I was using it all over the web. When I signed up for Ravelry my senior year of high school after finding out about it from a LiveJournal knitting community, I decided to use the name I was in the habit of using. I was surprised to see that someone else was using my nickname so I slapped “The” on the beginning.
For the past couple of years I’ve thought it was silly and juvenile. No one calls me that anymore, and I’ve lost touch with the friend who made it up. Ravelry conveniently allows you to change your username so I gave myself a boring shortened version of my real name, AndiSatt. It’s not very interesting or clever, but it makes it easier to figure out who I am.
So what’s your username origin story? Do you still like it?