Changing my Social Media?

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Yes, I’m strongly debating making the ultimate online change. My user name.

It’s been with me for a few years now. I’ve actually been on Twitter and Instagram for much longer, having previously had a parenting blog (some of you may remember it) and personal Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Back in 2018, I decided I wanted to get back in to blogging and decided to scrap everything that previously existed and start a fresh. I decided on A Duvs Life simply because the original plan back in 2018 was that this would be a blog about all the things I love and, generally, my life. Except, it never became that. My Instagram account is full of pictures of nature from our amazing walks in the local forest. My Twitter is full of tweets from interactions with friends that I’ve made on the platform over a number of years, to engagement with tweets about technology, cars, life and everything in between.

The name Duv, is something that has stuck with me since I was around 8 years old. I’m now 36, so it’s something that is truly a piece of me. However, what I’m currently debating is going self-hosted here, and making this more of a landing page. I’ll post blog updates, but I want to keep places like Instagram following the current theme of nature shots, and then occasionally sharing my life in stories. I also want to start making videos from these walks and posting on YouTube.

Which is the main reason that I’m considering dumping the whole A Duvs Life concept, and changing to all of my social media platform names to be my actual name. However, I’m fully aware that if I do that, I open myself up to being easier to find by friends/family, and, as a natural introvert, I’m not sure I’m ready for that. I’m not suggesting that I’ll suddenly become online famous (highly unlikely) but I guess what I’m trying to work out is how comfortable I will be with people knowing me on more of a personal level. I’ve also been worried about people in real life knowing my online life. There are very few people in real life that follow me on both Twitter and Instagram (and even less subscribe to my YouTube channel or even know I’m on TikTok, until they read this I guess).

I also realise that this is the first post since around September 2020, so, I guess this could be a “I’m back” post!

Hope you enjoyed it, let me know what you think in the comments below!


  1. 🤔 If you had the nickname, Duv, since you were eight years old, there lies the probability of friends and family knowing who you are on social media. Therefore, you might as well use your real name.

    Besides, there are probably hundreds of people with a name exactly like yours.

    The only big giveaway, in my opinion, would be using an actual picture along with your name (I suggest using an Avatar-type picture instead of a real one; it should help somewhat in the area of maintaining your anonymity).

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