I figure that creating a baby and creating a blog have a lot in common:
- Both involve a certain amount of excitement in the creation.
- Both involve making a commitment.
- Both involve a big decision being made (well in most cases!)
- Both involve facing your fears and suffering through a certain amount of pain.
The connection continues when choosing a name. It starts out being fun; reading through the naming books and putting together a short list. But at some point it starts to get tricky, which is why there are babies born with no-names and blogs that never get born at all. Perhaps there is no name that that fully captures your little bundle of joy. Or, worse still, someone else has already taken your perfect
baby blog name.
Some big questions need to be answered:
- Do you use your own name? Harold Junior? www.andrea.com?
- Do you go with something current? Katherine? William? www.eatlovepray.com?
- Do you use the name of someone you admire? Gandhi Jones? Amelia Smith? www.Iheartnelson.com?
Confusion can reign. Then there is the manner of initials. Do be sure to check what the initials of your new name looks like…
- Matthew Andrew Davies = MAD
- Gloria Olivia Daniels = GOD
- www.superadultdates.com = SAD
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
It was sent to me by a great friend who also believes in making the most of life and going on adventures. I was very excited that I had a name for my blog that captured exactly what I was about! www.exploredreamdiscover.com. Unfortunately that name also captured someone else exactly and that person had already bought the domain name. Cue fizzling of excitement.
I was now hooked on having a 3 word name. Many combinations were tried around the theme of exploring, dreaming and discovering.
Around that same time I had been figuring out what my values were and Freedom kept coming up. More combinations were made.
The last piece to the naming puzzle was reading a book called Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach. This is the story of a seagull who knew there was more to living than fighting for scraps from the fishing boats and following other gulls rules. He was a gull who made his own rules and found freedom through the power and perfection of flight.
“A seagull never speaks back to the Council Flock, but it was Jonathan’s voice raised.’Irresponsibility? My brothers!’ he cried. ‘Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows a meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live — to learn, to discover, to be free! Give me one chance, let me show you what I’ve found… “
To be honest I didn’t leap with joy when I read that paragraph. I was still stuck on missing out on the Mark Twain quote.
In the end I decided that I simply needed to get started and that combination of words was good enough for me. It had one of the words from the Mark Twain quote, it included my value of Freedom and I love to learn. And so a blog was born…
That process took me a week or so. I know of others who have become stuck for much longer. Don’t let the search for the “perfect” name stop you from sharing your gift with the world. After all, names can be changed.
How did your choose your blog name?