I've been pondering a change of my deviantArt username for some time. It would of course require upgrading to the Core Member status (or what is it the former Premium is called now), but I don't mind that, I wanted to try it out anyway.
Why do I consider changing my username? Well, I do not find my current username "neral85" quite appropriate or suitable. First, I do not like that number in it. I had to include it when I first set up my account here ten years ago, because the name without it was already taken (BTW I checked out the profile of and it's someone who's been around for 13 years but has only one (13 years old) deviation and no recent activity. Nevermind...). Second, I do not like the lowercase first letter. And third, I do not in fact very much like even the name Neral itself. It is a very old nickname of mine (derived from some insignificant Star Trek character back in my Trekkie days) and I still routinely use it for one-off registrations on various websites or some discussion boards, but I've never got really used to go by that name in actual conversation or being referred to under that name.
So I think I could change it either to adapted version of my real-life name – something like "MatejCadil" – or else some other nickname more closely related to it. I do have my Etsy shop and Facebook page where I go by my real name so it seems only logical to use it here too. But I don't know, maybe I'm known to some people here under my current username and the change would confuse them. As I said, I've been pondering it for some time, but I didn't make up my mind yet.
What do you think? Do you have some experience in this field? Have you changed your deviantArt username? How did it go? And what do you recommend to me? Is it preferable to use real name on dA, or rather some other name or variant of name?