One thing I’ve been trying to do more of lately is discovering and commenting on some new blogs. Whilst checking out some different blogs, the variety of wonderful and inventive blog names I encountered really got me thinking about the process of blog naming.
Seen as my second blogoversary is looming, it would have been about this time two years ago when I was wracking my brains to come up with the perfect name for this blog. Whilst I was itching to get started, I knew that choosing my blog name wasn’t a process I should rush – I’d be stuck with it or have to mess around changing it if I decided later that I didn’t like it.
From what I’ve seen, there appears to be three approaches that people commonly take when naming their blogs – the quote/reference, the ‘their name + keyword’ approach (and by keyword I mean things like ‘book’ for a book blog), or some kind of keyword related pun. And then, of course, there’s the ‘random words put together’ approach, which often results in some of the most creative names!
Personally, I played around with all these approaches, at one point having an extremely long list of possibles in the back of an old notepad (most of which were awful!). Eventually, I settled on ‘Boats Against The Current’ (although disappointingly the URL I wanted with the .com at the end was already taken so I had to settle with .net) because it comes from one of my favourite book quotes, the famous last line of The Great Gatsby:
‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’
I still love the name now, even if it is probably a bit too long and tends to lead a lot of people to believe I blog about boats (not to mention the fact that the quote’s meaning is actually kind of depressing when you think about it)!
I do sometimes worry that it’s kind of irrelevant to my blog too. I chose a name that comes from a famous literary quote, yet my blog has ended up having less of a literature theme than I had originally intended. In retrospect, a quote or reference to fantasy or historical fiction would have been more suitable, as they seem to be the primary genres I blog about these days.
But then again, that’s one of the things I’ve loved so much about blogging – it has gone in a different direction than I expected, which for me just shows how my blogging has developed organically, and followed my interests. The further I’ve got from my time at university where I read lots of classics and literary fiction, the more I’ve branched out into different genres and developed different interests, and I really feel like my blog represents who I am as a person, and this includes the name. It is still one of my favourite quotes, and I don’t think I could ever see my blog under a different name now.
So I’m interested to know how you went about choosing your blog name. What was your process, and do you still love your blog name, or do you have regrets? Does it still represent you and your blog?