It’s time for another article in my new Blogger Series. In case you missed the memo, I now include a blog post on Thursdays, discussing topics around blogging to help people who are considering starting a blog as well as tips for getting the most from your existing blog.
Things to consider when naming your blog
The purpose of your blog can play a big part in naming your blog. Use your purpose as a way to come up with a name. There’s a blog called Dog Tales all about loving life with dogs. It’s simple, playful and pretty clear on what the blog may be about.
What’s the tone of your blog?
You want your name to connect with the tone of your blog. So, is that funny? Playful? Serious? Professional?
You don’t want to choose a playful name if your blog is very serious because you wanted it to be more professional and business-minded.
Maybe you want to use something unique and quirky, like The Juicy Orange. Even if your blog is not exactly about oranges or fruit in general. Often an unusual name can make a blog stand out.
Create a list of words
Spend some time brainstorming. Use the purpose/topic of your blog to create a list of words connected with it.
For writers, you could list words such as Wordsmith, author, writer, penman, writing, writerlife, writerly, pen, ink, leaky pen, blank page, writers block, word ninja…
Grab your thesaurus and check out words that could be added to your list. The idea is to make a list of random words and phrases you associate with the purpose of your blog.
Once you have a nice long list, start highlighting the ones you really like. Consider joining them together. Or connecting them with other words that you associate with yourself.
Test your blog name out
Found a few you like? First Google them to make sure they haven’t already been used. If you are considering using the blog name as a domain name, check to make sure the domain is available.
Next, check them with friends and family and see what they think. Often even if they don’t like the name, they may suggest a slight amendment that you might like more.
But in the end this is your blog, so even if someone doesn’t like it, as long as YOU are happy with it, that’s all that matters.
Be happy with the name before you claim it
If you use a FREE hosting option, choosing the wrong name is not the end of the world. However, if you are considering buying your domain name, then you really want to be happy with the name.
Use your own name
If you are a writer, it is great to use your name/pen name as this increases the branding for yourself.
Again, with the FREE hosting, you can start with a blog name that’s different. I did. This blog was originally named The Eternal Scribbler. I chose it to go with the fact that I always felt like I was scribbling stories.
However, when I decided to make this WordPress blog my official writer website, I got myself a domain name and used my name because that worked for me.
Choose what works for you
In the end, only you will know what works best. The main thing is to take your time, brainstorm ideas and be happy with it before you claim it and consider your branding. ESPECIALLY if you are buying a domain name.
Here are how some other bloggers do it. (Do make sure to check out their blogs!)
These blogs show what you can do.
Pearl’s Pearls – This blog URL is actually the author’s name, but her blog has been named Pearl’s Pearls, which works really well.
A Crack In the Pavement – This author chose to name his blog something quirky and different and then explained his reasoning in the about page. He has also kept the branding up by using the same name on his Twitter account.
YariGarciaWrites – This author uses her name but includes the add-on “writes” to make it clear she is a writer. This works really well.
Roundabout Forty – Again, this author’s website is in her own name but she has named the website/blog “Roundabout Forty”. This is a good way to have a name for your blog that’s different but using your name as your URL.
The Naptime Author – This author chose a unique name that cleverly connected with being a writer and a mum.
Lorraine Ambers – This author chose to use her name for her website and incorporated a blog into the site. Great for strong branding.
For those who have blogs, are you happy with your name? Have you changed it at all?
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Thanks to everyone who checks out this Blogger Series. I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed this post.