How I Chose My Screen Name Old Roads Once Traveled
I've written novels ever since … actually, I have no idea. I can't remember not writing them. I've never actually completed one, but I've started tons.
I've always been drawn towards writing a trek story, and that theme has wormed its way into a number of novels that it probably had no place being, so when I started my latest project, I decided it would only be about the journey, and it would be a modern-day trek centered around the Oregon Trail. It still doesn't have a title carved in stone, but the working title is The Road Once Taken .
Actually, the original title of the novel was My Journey on the Oregon Trail With a Walmart Atlas , but that was short-lived, and let's don't mention it again.
I had been searching for a blog theme for awhile, and doing the research for the novel opened up the idea of a historical travel blog, whether the travel was actual or virtual. I'm a big fan of virtual travel. For the price of my internet service, I can go anywhere Google Maps will take me, and see many things on street view almost as if I was there. There's usually at least one website that will give me information on an attraction along the way. Sometimes I can find photos posted by someone who had been there.
I love visiting historical places, preferably in person, but lacking that, virtually visiting is fun, so I decided to build my blog mostly around that focus, hoping that at some point the blog and the research for the novel could intersect. I'm fascinated by maps, and roads, and the history of roads, and who lived on those roads, and who traveled on those roads, and where they were going, and why. I was going to name the blog Roads Once Traveled, but that was taken, so I chose Old Roads Once Traveled, and ended up liking that even better. It seems to suit my interests well.
I used my real name on Yahoo! Contributors Network, but I needed a screen name when I joined Squidoo, and then again when I joined Bubblews, so I went with OldRoadsOnceTraveled for continuity. And also because I really like the name.
My profile picture is probably old, but technically it probably isn't an actual road. It's a farm lane at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, leading from the great house to the James River and the First Thanksgiving Memorial. (The first official thanksgiving in America, contrary to popular belief, was not in Massachusetts). But that is a blog series for another day.
So that's where my screen name came from. How did you choose yours?
This post was originally published on Bubblews 9/17/2013 and removed 1/1/2015
Image Credit » Photo (c) 2008 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.