July is here, and therefore it’s officially my blogoversary month! Hooray!
On the 20th it’ll be four years since I started Boats Against The Current, and it’s got me feeling all nostalgic about my blogging journey so far! One of the things I’ve been thinking about in particular recently is my blog name, and how I struggled so much in the beginning with coming up with something I liked, and fitted what I wanted this blog to be.
I struggled so much that I find it pretty surprising that four years later I still love the name I finally settled on. Especially as it was something I essentially plucked out of thin air at last minute and just ran with…
Well, I say I plucked it out of thin air! I actually just read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and fell in love with the final lines:
‘Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter -tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’
After all my searching and thinking, there it was, my perfect blog name: Boats Against The Current.
The name seemed perfect for a number of reasons: firstly, it was a book quote, and what better name for a book blog than a book quote? Plus it’s such a beautiful quote, and I liked the meaning behind the words, both in context of the novel and out of context.
As the final lines of The Great Gatsby I’ve always read it as meaning that however much we look to the future and struggle to make progress, the past will keep pulling us in, and affecting our future. In the book, Gatsby tries to rewrite his own past, and his past with Daisy and create a future where he is with her, but the past, and everything that has gone before won’t let go.
I’ve found this myself, in that things that have happened to me in the past have effected my future: for example, I was bullied in high school, which led to me being painfully shy as an older teenager, which is something I’ve had to struggle to overcome. And whilst there may seem like little hope in Fitzgerald’s book, I feel like in real life, the struggle we have to overcome the past is actually a positive thing. Because if life was all easy and plain sailing (if we weren’t all travelling against the current), then life would be dull, and we would never learn anything, and become the people we are (sorry, this post seems to have randomly got really deep…!).
However, I also felt like the quote was also great for a blog name because of the meaning of the specific part of the quote I chose, out of context of the rest of the book. For me, the images of boats fighting against the current conjures up the idea of going against the norm, and just doing your own thing.
Now I’m not exactly a huge rebel or anything, but I’ve always been someone who hasn’t fitted in easily or followed the crowd, and I like to think I’ve brought some of my general oddness to this blog (my extremely garish colour scheme for example, probably isn’t to many people’s taste, and nor is my green hair…I just like bright colours!). Although to an extent I often feel like book bloggers in general buck blogging standards, simply because it’s a less popular niche than lifestyle or beauty, or fashion. There’s a lot of us out there, but in comparison to bigger niches, we’re comparatively very few!
However, all this isn’t to say that my blog name is entirely perfect: for starters, I couldn’t get the .com web address for it, which was disappointing, as .net just isn’t as memorable, or as professional looking in my opinion. Plus, if you aren’t familiar with the quote you could be forgiven for thinking I actually blog about boats…
But on the whole, four years later I still like the name, which is actually pretty impressive, as I’m infamous for changing my mind about things!
So I’d love to know, where did your blog name come from? Is there a story behind it, or did you just like it? Do you still like it now, or do you have any regrets?