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Friday, 12 November 2010

What’s in a blog name?



Tell me, why did you give your blog the name that you did? I am often fascinated by blog names, and wonder whether there is a story behind them, or whether they just popped into the writer’s head when they were creating their new space. Here are a few names I love:

Pilgrim of the Moon
There is a sweet love story behind this name but you’ll have to ask Judit if you want to know about it. I find this name is really dreamy.

Shin Shin
The name means ‘honest heart’ in Japanese, and Maki describes her blog as ‘little notes to my honest heart’.

Nectar and Light
Home of polaroid photographer Jen Altman, to me this name evokes a summer day – sugary sweetness and sunshine

Tangled Sky Studio
I used to love playing that game where you try to find pictures in the clouds, and this makes me think of a sky tumbling with clouds

Doorways Traveler
The title of Lisa Field-Elliot's gorgeous photography blog suggests possibility, adventure, the unknown…

My own blog title ‘Do What You Love’ came from a deep belief that the world would be a better place if more people were doing what they love. More time spent on things that make you feel alive, connected, expressive and happy can only enhance the experience others have when they interact with you out in the world. Through this blog I wanted to give myself a space, and a kind of accountability, to do what I love (creating, having adventures, sharing stories) and put it out in the world.


How about you? What is your blog name and where did it come from?  What other blog names do you love?

22 comments:

  1. My blog title & my business name is "Bijou's Whimsy" because...my favourite person in the world who is my never failing, never flinching most incredible dreamy supportive blissful honey never calls me Mandy, he calls me Bijou and my heart trills everytime I hear it, ha ha, I have always felt more like a Bijou than a Mandy...and 'Bijou' means something that is delicately & intricately worked, something unqiue and speacil, something that needs protection & extra care, a jewel or a gem...and I thought that describes my work AND me. and 'Whimsy' because my work has from the very beginning always been described foremost as being very whimiscal and I just think it's a fun and light word...so 'Bijou's Whimsy' was born:D....abit of a long explantation but there you have it:D

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  2. Oh my goodness that is so dreamy!! Thank you for sharing that Mandy. Love your work too
    Beth

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  3. mine came from my brother... about the time I got my embroidery machine, they had their first baby, and I wanted to call the business something related to my first niece/nephew's name. They called her India, but we have a lot of very skilled Indian needle women near where we live, so I felt I couldn't use India. My brother used to sign his emails SLK (him, Lisa, (his wife) and the dog (Kodi)'s initials) then, he changed his sign off to to SLIK (him, Lisa, India and Kodi) and the business name was born - luckily no-one else has used it, so I have blog, website, email address etc :-)

    benta@SLIKstitches.co.uk

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  4. That is a good question Beth! There is much in a name...

    I should write up the story of how I got the nickname of "creative beast"...I was describing all the creative projects I was doing at the time to a co-worker. I'm surprised he wasn't exhausted just hearing the list!! ;)

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  5. my blog name is I Purr fur to craft. a play on words cos i am a crazy cat lady who like nothing better than crafting all day.

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  6. I'm looking forward to checking out the 3 blogs you have on your blog. Great that you live in the UK. I'm a real sap when it comes to Dramas that you export to Canada (my adopted home).

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  7. My blog title is Treacle for Stickybeaks. This was the answer my mum gave when I incessantly asked "what's that?" or "what are you making?" Her mother used to say it to her and she followed suit. When I came to starting a blog about my observations, inspirations and imaginings; the stuff and things that make up a sweet life; I knew I had found my Treacle.

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  8. Great post. My blog is called simple.creative.life because that is what it is all about! I strive to keep my life simple and creative, because those are the things that make me feel most grounded and alive. While I don't always achieve simplicity and creativity in my life, my blog title reminds me to refocus on those things when chaos strikes - it helps me to return to my happy place. Maintaining a simple, creative life helps me to focus on what's really important to me - the people I love and the expression of who I am.

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  9. I love these stories! My blog name is Journal Journeys and I decided on it because my journal goes with me on my journey through life. I think journaling is a great tool to have!

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  10. I love hearing these stories! Mine is "The Kat Eye View of the World"... the "Kat Eye" portion came from a fictional name we made up for a sign on my husband's model train layout years ago - "Kat Eye Photography." I started the blog as I was applying for the job to move to Italy and we were preparing to go on a Panama Canal cruise, so I figured it was going to be where I shared my "View of the World" in photographs and words. It has served me well!

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  11. My blog and my biz name is Creatissimo, creative together. I thought about the name a lot. I wanted an international name, so that everyone could say it and understand it, and I wanted something positive - that it gives you energy. Since I run a creative business, I played with the word Create. I hope that everyone who reads the word knows that my biz has to do something with creative fun!
    Beth, this post is great - I love to read how the names of our blogs were born! Wonderful inspiration!

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  12. I started signing emails to my quilting friend as 'quilary' as a play on my name, Hilary, and quilting. When I started my blog I wanted to let people have a peek into my quilting life, so decided to invite them to 'peek over the fence' (in a nice neighbourly way)- it is also me looking out over my fence into the big wide world.

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  13. Hi Beth. Very interesting post. Thank you for mentioning my blog too! How my 'shin shin' came up is explained in this post more. xm
    http://makikohastings.blogspot.com/2010/07/oops.html

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  14. love this question ... Beth and I have a long reply with some pics and since this is Nov, I've been thinkN about this a lot!

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  15. SO lovely to hear all the stories and reasons why our creative friends named their blogs. Mine came from when i was dreaming about getting back into a creative life. I wanted to literally "Dream, Inspire (others) and Create!" Great post. xx

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  16. Such a great blog post and discussion! I came up with my blog title before I moved to the UK, and I was putting it 'out there' that I would be happy here :) And I am!

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  17. Hey, Beth! Just wanted to say thanks for the post - your thoughts on creatissimo - belissimo made me smile and actually made me think that I do want to spread beautiful creativity among people... You made my day! :)
    Take care!

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  18. My blog name "It's So Worth It" evolved from my reaction to different events, situations, products, books, etc. My kids mentioned that I say this all the time if I really feel strongly about something. I figured that if I felt something was worth writing about it was probably 'so worth it' and it stuck!

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  19. I've had several blogs and blog names, but my current blog "Works in Progress" springs from the fact that my life, my parenting, my craft, my home and my relationships are all a work in progress!

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  20. How wonderful all these tales are! I really struggled with the name for my blog, and for a long time toyed with the idea of "from the haberdasher's cupboard". But something didn't flow, then suddenly it came to me, "Flaming Nora". Combining so many things close to my heart. I love old fashioned names, I love the strange and endearing ways of Nana's and Grandma's. "Flaming Nora" was something my Grandma used to say rather often as a subsititute for swearing. And anything that reminds me of my Grandma and her sisters is a winner with me.

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  21. Wow thanks for sharing these stories. Really interesting to know what is behind the names...

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