What’s in an Avatar name?


What does a name mean? In short, more than I thought.

I last posted about moving my blog to a new domain name to match my new SL username. So that kinda did happen and kinda didn’t.

I won’t bore you with the details, but after plenty of hair pulling I ended up with a duplicate site on the new address. I started to change other little things, my Displayed name on Twitter and Flickr for example. Then it came to my SL Display Name, and I couldn’t do it.

I don’t mean a technical issue, it just didn’t feel right. I’ve used the Ava Delaney name in SL for 8 years come the end of this month, it’s part of who I am now.

It was dropped from my Username last year because I thought “AvaDelaney Bloodrose” would have sounded a bit odd. I really wanted rid of the “Resident” last name though, so thank you Linden Lab for making that possible.

While I was inspired by a book character, my version of Ava has grown far beyond that now. I’ve made the name my own and it feels part of my avatar persona. A rather stress-inducing but fortunately not excessively costly exercise to discover this revelation, but I think worth it.

So I’m sticking with the Delaney name and this blog is staying right where it is.

How much value do you put in your Avatars name? I’d be interested to hear.