That’s a great question! It’s a ridiculously odd name. Am I obsessed with candy? or more specifically twix bars?
Well, if you’ve read my blog at all you can probably come to the conclusion that I don’t really ever eat junk food and there is no sign of my adoration for twix bars.
The origination is absurd, really.
When I was a tween/young teen I used to play a lot of video games. I was simply, a gamer, all the way up until college. I began by playing first person shooter games with my brother. When I would join I would make my handle (my name) “Janet”. I guess I didn’t care to think of something that wasn’t me. My brother insisted that I need to come up with a screen name. I believe what happened then is that I looked around and saw a Twix. The “Twix it’s all in the Mix” commercial was also really popular at the time. So, I came up with Twixmix, which soon changed to Twixmixy. I went on playing online games (a lot on community oriented ones like Everquest and World of Warcraft) and I participated a lot in these communities by designing whatever I could for people. I would design signatures (you know, like you have on your email, except it would include your avatar in game, etc) and imagery for websites and message boards.
I grew in the online community in my formative years and soon began developing web sites. I also continued to use Twixmixy as my username for pretty much everything. It’s easy to remember and no one else has it. I worked in web development while I was in college and even now continue to develop websites, create graphics, design everything and anything, along with taking pictures every day. In the years since I was about 12 years old I have had all sorts of friends rediscover me because I have continued to use my handle, Twixmixy. I even have had people “in real life” call me Twixmixy to my face. It’s seemed odd at first, but it is part of my identity.
I continue to use it today, even in my late 20’s, because of that reason. It is a branding aspect and I have been building this brand since I was a kid. It’s crazy, but I love it.
As I continue to grow I hope to alter what Twixmixy means to me. Whether it be that I like to continually mix things up or even to contrast that I don’t eat things like Twix bars. Either way, I am Twixmixy and welcome to my online presence.