Hi there. This is something I have been meaning to talk about for an insanely long time now. I have put this off, and I should have done this sooner; Long story short, I am going to be discussing multiple things in this post, those being my wanting to expand to other websites and also discussion regarding my Newgrounds name. This is going to be a long post, and I am in need of advice, so if you would like to give some suggestions, please, by all means, I am open ears :o
To make a long story short, for those of you who do not know, my Newgrounds name is a direct reference to the mega man series. I have absolutely zero passion for this series now these days, and even have grown to despise it for personal reasons. I would really really really love the chance to change my name on this platform. The problem however, is that I actually did briefly change my name on here in the past, to which I had unfavorable results. Long story short, the name change at the time resulted in a lot of weird errors regarding access to my account, to which I politely requested my name be changed back (Tom Fulp himself helped me through this and he was insanely respectful and helpful)
I would really love to change my name permanently, however, I really do not want a repeat of the complications that came from the last experience I had. In order to change your name, you need a membership. At one time in the past a while ago, someone who I knew randomly gifted me a 1 month membership which I used to change my name temporarily. If I were to change my name again, I would get myself a membership, that is no problem in itself, however the aftermath of changing a name is what worries me here.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR NAME ON THIS PLATFORM, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE?
I would like to know for future reference.
As of right now, I only publicly upload art to Newgrounds. It honestly is comforting to only have my content on one platform as it gives me less stress to deal with, however I was thinking of taking my art to other platforms as well to expand.... the problem is a lot of other platforms seem insanely unappealing to me ^.^; Tumblr is confusing, Deviantart is not what it used to be (I dislike its new layout), Twitter is insane (twitter is actually like a super bad place to be for guilty gear artists since they get bombarded by people obsessed with Bridget arguments), Im not so sure how posting art on reddit works... its just all super confusing ^.^; I would really like one other platform to go on, though, what do you all recommend?
It is also important to note that over time, a few bots have picked up on my work and reuploaded them to other platforms. There is not much I can do about this, and it pretty much happens to most artists, which is unfortunate. I was wondering if a name change could potentially help lower my chances of bots finding my art.
As of right now, I see a few options for myself; Those being
ONE: Get a name change on Newgrounds, but I am not so sure how smooth the process would be. I do not want a repeat of the past incident.
TWO: Leave my Newgrounds name as is, but dont post there anymore, I would take my work to another platform.
THREE: (I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO RESORT TO THIS OPTION, BUT WILL IF I MUST)
Delete my Newgrounds and start new somewhere else. I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS, however I really really really dislike having my current name on here, it bothers me a lot. Deleting my Newgrounds would really be unfortunate, but it is an action I am willing to take if nothing else works out.
FOUR: THIS IS THE IDEAL SITUATION
I get a name change here on Newgrounds and pick another platform to publicly upload art too. I would really like this personally, and I wonder if it is possible.
As of right now, I am not so sure which option to take. I would really like some advice here. I love doing art, however my situation has really killed my motivation for art if I am to be posting under a name I really really really dislike.
Please let me know what you all think. I would like to discuss this and I have been meaning to get this off my chest for a while now.