Ever since I started Ten Penny Dreams, this question is something that has played on my mind.
I’ve got a few blog related social profiles now, all with the same username – Ten Penny Dreams. That is, except for Twitter.
Unusually, Twitter was the first social network I joined, as I resisted getting a Facebook account for a long time, only signing up just over a year ago. However, I’ve been on Twitter since 2010, long before this blog became a flickering light bulb at the back of my consciousness.
But now I have a blog to share and promote, should my username by default become @tenpennydreams?
My website appears in my current Twitter profile, so any of my followers can click through easily enough. But as the blog (hopefully) gets more popular, am I putting myself at a disadvantage by not using @tenpennydreams on Twitter? It will make searches more difficult and could create confusion.
But how can I solve the problem?
As I see it, I have four options:
- Keep @AmyWritesStuff. I have to admit, I’m reluctant to abandon the username that has brought me so many lovely followers and that automatically identifies me as a writer.
- Change my username to @tenpennydreams. This would be the logical thing to do, from a branding perspective. My blog would then become more prominent across my social networks.
- Keep @AmyWritesStuff but start up a second @tenpennydreams account. Is it greedy to have two Twitter accounts?! Would I have enough to say, or would I be creating unnecessary work for myself? Would HootSuite wrangling become a way of life? I would have to make the accounts distinct enough that it would be worth following both, so people don’t choose one or the other.
- Stick with @AmyWritesStuff for now, but be prepared to switch to @tenpennydreams in the future if the blog develops. The indecisive option…
I suppose it really comes down to priorities and how seriously I value the branding of this blog.
If anyone has a magical fifth option that might help, I’d love to hear your suggestions!