When I was 6 years old I invented about 50 strange names, most of them hard to spell, once I began school at 7 I started writing humorous stories in the form of dialogues with about 10 characters with the above invented names, some stories were inspired from real events happening in my school, and Teoalida defined our female teacher. My friends asked me what are these names, I liked how Teoalida sounded and it became most used name. Around 2000 at 11 years old I started seeing myself (a male) in the name Teoalida, and signed all my works with Teoalida name.
When I connected to neighborhood LAN in 2004 and internet, my parents told me to never disclose real name online, so I was logging in LAN chatroom with Teoalida name, I made an email address with Teoalida name, I signed all my products as Made by Teoalida. Sometimes in business is required the real name, but probably they are against me doing any kind of business.
I did a Google search and surprisingly, were 0 results for Teoalida name. In 2008 the only results were from the forum of my LAN. Teoalida name was unique and gave me an advantage of building my online personality, while searching my real name in Google showed thousands results so may have been difficult for people to find me, and was also hard to spell for foreigners. But in foreign websites, forums and games I played, I registered with generic english words like Somebody or Future (to prevent my parents or anyone else tracking my activity on internet).
When I made this website in 2009, I “launched” Teoalida name/brand worldwide. Some people said that was better to use real name in business and web domain name, but if I started as Teoalida, to continue this way. What is the problem of using a business name different than real name?
Some negative effects happened because I used same name both for business and for local friends. In the following years I got unwanted popularity through neighborhood bad guys, low-educated people sending messages or leaving rude comments on my Facebook page, nothing related with the services I offer. I don’t like having such bad friends in my business name.
Since I am now known internationally, I have seen people from various countries who thinks that I am female and people from other countries who thinks that I am male, also people who cannot write Teoalida name correctly. I get sometimes emails addressing me as Teo Alida, TeoLida or TeoaLinda. WRONG! It should be spell Te-oa-li-da.
Do you have any suggestions?