I’ve got a lot of time to think these days. Not so much time to do but plenty of time to think about what I want to do. So… posts over the coming weeks are going to be centred around things I want to do. Or things I’ve thought of, or questions I have. As well as posts covering what you want to know.
To kick of this ‘series’ I want to talk about all the different places on the internet I have a presence. There are roleplay forums, anime forums, online radio hubs, various blogs and of course social network sites. Most of these places I have joined with the name Ileandra Young since that is the name I want connected to my work. While I realise that my father is disappointed that he’ll never see a book with my birth name on it, he understands how much I love my pseudonym. So… if you find an ‘Ileandra Young’ somewhere chances are that its me.
Places that you can definitely find me under that name are:
The Ice Wolf Tavern
East Midlands Roleplayers
20 Something Bloggers
Now… reason I’m pointing this out is because it would be nice to find you guys in other places so we can link up and talk. If I’m not already following you on Twitter, I’d like to be. Similarly, if we’re not friends on Facebook, why not? These are the places I do most of my talking and I have recently discovered Goodreads and LinkedIn.
LinkedIn, however, is an interesting one. Rather than the social side of networking, it is the professional side. I have had a LinkedIn account for a very long time but only recently did I realise that if I wanted to utilise it to meet other writers, editors, publishes and the like (and maybe even find paid writing work) that I would need to link my ‘professional profile’ to my pseudonym. How else are people going to find me after all? So I took the plunge and linked the pair. If I’ve filled things out correctly, posts from this blog will now be posted to my LinkedIn profile, much as they are with my Twitter and Facebook.
I was nervous about it at first; mainly because I have worked so hard on building my name as Ileandra Young. However I can’t deny that on a professional basis, connecting both my names can only be helpful in putting me in contact with various people I want to talk to.
What do you think? Have you had to do something similar? Maybe to avoid this sort of thing you’ve used only your own, birth name? I’d love to hear your thoughts.