Until the internet, I really didn’t have or use a name. For the few times I sent away for items – mail order – I just used my (legal) first initial and last name and used a money order. (you know, KISS ). But online of course changed all that, because most places require an email address, and in cases like this, one would want to keep it separate from their normal one.
I then got into a rpg website for the books of a rather famous writer. I decided to try for a feminine character all the way through. Besides my online ‘character’, I used a first name I liked and a last name of an ancestral line, again ease of use. The problem there was the more I got involved (and the more I was asked to be involved!) the more people wanted to know a little more about who they were interacting with. Understanding that I was not being entirely honest, I did try to keep it to a minimum but, unfortunately, some ‘fan’ decided to try to search my email name 0ut and found a very similar name in the same metro area. Gee, you’d think? And began harassing me a little. Not so fun. I left that site for various reasons, one of them being that I was becoming uncomfortable with myself, although there were others, thus ending the name. That site eventually closed down also.
This name I’ve been using here for almost as long on practically every other web site where it’s appropriate, like here and one like here that changed somewhat several years ago. It’s also the one I use on fictionmania and the one work of fiction up on Amazon Kindle.