I joined Twitter innocently enough, looking for a way to stay informed, share my thoughts without making eye contact, and stalk James Franco. I created my account as RevAdamRoy, because I was newly ordained and I put my title everywhere.
I soon realized that Twitter isn’t really suitable for theological debate, and that talking about the religious merits of cannabis was a good way to attract unwelcome attention. PastorPothead was born, giving me an outlet for those urges and freeing up my main account for gossip and political outrage.
When writing made the transition from ethereal pipedream to serious endeavor, I gave birth to AJRoyWrites. I had had a nasty taste of reality following an author only to discover that they weren’t the kind of person I would want to hang out with, and I wanted to build a platform where my readers wouldn’t suffer the same fate. AJ would focus on The Art, leaving the politics and profanity back with the Rev.
There’s another one, too, for liking posts beyond the pale and interaction with objectionable persons I’d rather not acknowledge. Say, the President-elect, for example.
It’s a lot to juggle, and I’m not sure the idea even has merit. I’ve seen author accounts that avoid everything outside their work, and while it’s true that they’re inoffensive, they are also boring as fuck. My future audience deserves better. They should have an opportunity to know who I am, not just what my muses are.
It’s simply too much work to maintain them all. I don’t want to get rid of the Rev., The Bloggess just followed me. Also, Franco might miss one of his millions of followers. The Rev. has history. I’m gonna kill AJ’s account and give his name to the Rev. Expect some turbulence.