It was a Winter's afternoon back in 2007 when I gazed at deviantArt for the very first time. I decided to create an account, because hey - why not? I enjoyed creating art, but never did I think it would take me this far. So at the spur of the moment without giving it too much thought, I named myself uniqueLegend.
…And a mistake that haunted me for years was made.
The name "unique" was something that made me slightly cringe whenever I looked at it. In some ways it made me feel like I was someone who enjoyed standing on a pedestal above everyone else. It does not represent me. Just after I created my deviantArt account, I abandoned it for almost two years.
For years on end I had problems accepting the name. And for years on end I had constant thoughts of deleting my account and starting anew. But I was given several Daily Deviations and it felt like it was too late to start again. My artworks were starting to spread on other sites, and my name was being indented. I wanted to accept it, but I just couldn't. Thoughts of changing it kept plaguing me whenever I visited deviantArt.
In all honesty, I am not "uniqueLegend". The birth of my real internet name started on the very first social media forum that I joined a year after I visited dA - Zelda Universe. On Zelda Universe, I am known as "Eternal Legend." And the name "Eternal Legend" gave birth to an accidental nickname that people - even those in real life would use to call me: EL. In some ways, I accept EL as much as my real name imprinted on my birth certificate. I am comfortable with the name EL and Eternal Legend as much as breathing air.
My name of EL and Eternal Legend has spread from ZeldaUniverse to a lot of things that impact my daily life and relationships with work colleagues, friends and even family. And to those who are not aware of uniqueLegend, they get confused when they hear it. And it makes me feel confused. Why the two names?
So it's time for a change on deviantArt to keep everything the same on all the sites that I use, including my FaceBook art page, Tumblr and Twitter.
The only problem is that "Eternal Legend" has already been taken by an inactive and decade old account on dA. And another problem is that I had no idea that it is the title of a 1991 video game.
Trying to keep everything somewhat "original" and true to my online identity from here on out, I have decided to change my deviantArt name to EternaLegend.
For all the artworks that have "uniqueLegend" watermarked on them, they will remain there. I have no intentions of changing all of my watermarks. My old mistaken name of "uniqueLegend" will redirect to my newly-named deviantArt account anyway.
So this isn't a spur of the moment thought. I have thought about it for years and this is perhaps the best thing that I've done to my account in ages. I'll still keep my current avatar to avoid too much confusion (but it might change in the next few months - we'll see!) I hope you can all get used to it, and thank you for all the support through the years!
Edit: By a response I made in here on the word "unique" in general. By all means, everyone's artwork on deviantArt and every other social media site is "unique" in their own styles. It never felt like the name itself belonged to or represented "me".