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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 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 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 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 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?

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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.

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AngelSharum wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:24 PM

Interesting. I do like the name, however you chose it.

celticeagle wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:34 PM

Your name reminds me of a book I read. Lots of info on like and such in it.

Mooiiyaan wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:58 PM

Cool name :) Mine I just got it from my name xD Lacks creativity right? xD

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:42 PM

When I signed up for Bubblews, I had to come up with a screenname. Having never done it before I sat there trying to think of something and kept coming up blank until I asked myself, "Okay, what describes me." Then it hit me, Momathome! After all, I'm a mom and I stay at home, lol.

PattyTherre wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:07 AM

I never used a pen name, always my real name. The only place that has sort of a pen name is Bubblews where I am just PattyT as opposed to my full last name. I did contribute to some magazines under a fake name (for reasons that now seem silly) and I wrote a book under a pen name. But usually, I am just me everywhere. I am so sick of seeing my own name. lol.

LilyDay wrote on January 4, 2015, 1:32 AM

This particular user name was a tad random. It was the name of a character in one of my stories.

I know what it is like to have always written. I have been writing stories since I could scribble with a crayon.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:09 AM

I am a wordnerd and I chase words all over the internet. They're still not behaving though. I also go by RainbowChazer which is a nick that goes back to my short-track speed skating days where the others in the club were 15 years younger than me and gave me the nick because they thought I was chasing rainbows if I ever wanted to be in their team. As it turned out they were right, but never mind, it's a good name.

seren3 wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:18 AM

I love virtual traveling too. It is so easy, inexpensive and one can do it anytime. I forget how I chose my user name - I used seren2 once and then went on to seren3.

heytoto wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:09 PM

I hadn't heard the origin of your screen name, Debbi--so very interesting! You and I have so many interests in common, with travel, virtual travel, maps, historic places, writing, both ex-Squidooers, and I suspect many more things! My screen name dates back to when I first had to come up with an email name in the mid-90s when I was living in India. I'm originally from Kansas and was far, far from home, so heytoto was born. emoticon :winking:

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:36 PM

Great name, however you chose it. You mentioned you were on YCN too and I am like "Holy Cow! We've been everywhere together" LOL. It's kind of like old friends traveling around a virtual road together. Glad to share your journey.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:46 PM

Thanks. i like it, too.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:47 PM

What was the name of the book?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:48 PM

As long as it works. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:49 PM

If someone chooses to use a screen name that doesn't include their real name, I like to see something that describes them or what they write about. Yours works well.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:51 PM

I got sick of Debbie when I was in school (too many of those!), so I ended up chopping an E off. I still have to explain how to spell it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:52 PM

I like LilyDay. It's pretty. I know I've been writing at least since middle school, maybe elementary. I have no recollection of writing my first story or starting my first novel.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:54 PM

I've described myself as a word geek, but word nerd might actually be a better term for me. I like it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:55 PM

Don't leave me with Google Maps unattended. There's no telling where I'll be three hours later.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:55 PM

It works!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:58 PM

I am so grateful that was my first site. Their academy taught me so much about writing online. I only ended up with 7 or 8 articles because I joined Bubblews a month or so later and got addicted to social blogging, but I will always consider YCN a smart career move for me. Never mind that it took me a year to earn $5.

PattyTherre wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:22 PM

Yeah Patty is so boring. I used to be called Trish or Trisha but by only a few close friends. I am stuck with hamburger patty, peppermint patty, chicken patty. LOL. I have a group of male friends who chant that when they see me. We're SO adult! lol

rjsezack wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:19 AM

Quite an interesting story about your name. I have often wondered about how folks pick their screen names.
There should be more post about that.

LilyDay wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:01 PM

I vaguely recall one early story. I must have been around six or seven. It had something about some sort of harvest festival in it; I know, though, that was far from the first story I had written or tried to write.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:29 PM

It would be nice. Some names are obvious, some hintful, but some don't give a clue.

WordChazer wrote on January 5, 2015, 4:48 PM

I am a geek and a wordnerd. There is no hope for me. I am lost to the world of soaps, celebrity vote'em offs, yummy mummies, gossip and boybands.

melon1234 wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:07 PM

I did wonder how you thought of your username! Mine is just because Helen goes with melon

LadyTrouble wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:19 PM

I love virtual travel! It's so cheap (it's free! haha) and you can wear your pajamas if you so choose. I'm also a fan of watching documentaries or faux documentaries where I can see places and cities I'd never think to visit. Hearing at the very least the accent of the area is a thrill in and of itself.

LadyTrouble is actually a semi new name for me. I go by somecowgirl everywhere else, but LadyTrouble is part of a gamertag I use when gaming.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:50 PM

Makes sense to me. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:51 PM

Yes, I do like the wardrobe! I like documentaries, too.

scheng1 wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:39 AM

Fortunately you are not captured by the romance of the old Silk Road, else you will become an Silk Road Traveler.

DannyHauger wrote on January 6, 2015, 12:16 PM

Congrtukations to you on all the writing success

paigea wrote on January 6, 2015, 1:19 PM

That's a descriptive screen name. I chose paige as I am a booklover and a for my surname. paigea Not much of a story there.

arthurchappell wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:21 PM

thought it was a clever variation on The Road Less travelled - a self help book by M Scott Peck

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:40 PM

Fortunately I have plenty of old roads to explore much closer to home. I'd never be able to afford to travel that far!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:41 PM

Thanks.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:42 PM

Paige is a good name for a book lover. I like it. And now I know where the A came from.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:44 PM

I haven't read that. Actually it was a play on the poem.

Fleur wrote on January 7, 2015, 6:38 PM

I had wondered how and why you chose that name; now I know, thanks!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:22 AM

If my original choice for a blog title had been available, I would have been somebody else. I'm glad it wasn't.

Ambermol wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:26 AM

Your name reminds me of a poem. I like it and recognised you from elsewhere.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 10, 2015, 12:12 AM

Yeah, I've been at a few other sites, mostly THAT one.

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:28 AM

Heehee! I know just where you mean :)

rosepetal wrote on January 19, 2015, 11:41 AM

That is interesting how you arrived at your name. Me, there is a personal significance to roses, one being my Mom's love for roses. And after her death, the rose bush that she had planted were filled with roses. So much so, that the blossoms almost covered the leaves, leaving only a blanket of red roses.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 19, 2015, 11:39 PM

That's a nice back story to your name. I like the significance.

Firecracker wrote on April 18, 2015, 5:16 PM

Wow, very interesting! I was wondering where your screen name came from! Mine is a bit more simpler than that. It's 'cause of my attitude! I can be a real firecracker at times! ;) lol

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 21, 2015, 4:48 PM

And it makes a good screen name, too! :)

Firecracker wrote on April 21, 2015, 11:12 PM

Hahaha! I think so too! Thank you very much OldRoadsOnceTraveled ! :)