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Monday, November 9, 2015

Blogginess

What do you call your blog? Why did you choose the name you did?


Using my name as the blog name was a deliberate act on my part. I felt that as a writer, it was important readers know me by name. It was and is my brand.

For the new blog (still in pre-production) I need something catchy with good search engine potential. I'd also like to create a logo around it, so it needs to be short and spiffy.

Somehow, and I need to think on this some more, I need to keep my name linked with the new blog name. I've worked too hard and too long to lose my name in the quagmire of searchable bloggers.

Over the weekend, I've been keying in various names to see what hasn't been used yet. A quick Google search states that in 2013 there were over 152 million. Another site says it was over 173 million (in 2011). 

Let that sink in. That's millions upon millions of blogs.

Many blogs are abandoned. Still the url remains. If no one deletes it, it continues to exist in the blog realm of the ethereal.

Coming up with a catchy name has been incredibly easy. Coming up with a name that hasn't been used yet...not so much.

Have you ever considered renaming your blog? What would you call it if you could change it?

PS  I'm in and out today. I'll reply to comments as soon as I'm back in internet range.

32 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I tend to use my name more than my blog title when commenting, etc - it feels more professional to me - even though I do like the title of my blog. :)

betty said...

That is so true about coming up with blog names. There are so many out there and you are right, so many abandoned. That I don't get; if they are done blogging, why don't they just delete it?

In the past I would just start a new blog if I wanted a different name and either delete the one I had or have it go private. My previous ones always had something in the name of them to do with corgi. I changed to the new blog in 2012 with the bench theme; probably will keep that for as long as I blog :)

betty

Stacy McKitrick said...

I called my blog "Stacy's Rantings and Whatnot" because I wanted my name associated with my blog, but I wasn't sure what name I wanted to be known as -- my maiden name (Thurber) or married name (McKitrick) -- so I just stuck with using Stacy in the URL (stacysrantings.blogspot.com).

I've never considered changing the name of my blog, though (or moving from Blogspot). When I finally picked a name to write under, I created a website (thanks to my hubby) using my full name in the URL (stacymckitrick.com) for my writing and book info. I have links to my website from my blog and vice versa. I figure if anyone wants to find my blog, they'll find my website first. Sure made it nicer than having to rename my blog. Or even creating a new blog. I'm much too lazy to have to go through all that! Hahahaha! :)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Like you, I use my name. I have no name suggestions for the new blog at the moment. Good luck finding something that encompasses everything you write about!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

As a writer, I knew I should use my name but I didn't use my full name because at the time, I wrote under two different last names. I'm sure you'll come up with something clever.

Marlene Dotterer said...

I think you should keep your name with it, whatever else you decide to call it. "Maria Zannini's Fancy New Blog," or The World According to Maria Zannini," that kind of thing. It will help old friends find you and always lead to your books.

Angela Brown said...

I named my blog Angela Brown, In Pursuit of Publishness to have my name linked to it and a play on the phrase "pursuit of happiness." I like the name because it's a little different like me and deals with what I focus on most: books, whether published or yet to be published and as a platform for other authors making their publishing dream a reality, hence the author spotlights and participation in blog tours.

Jenny Schwartz said...

Naming a blog is tough. Naming anything - and getting the search terms/keywords right - is tough. Getting all your ducks in a row for discoverability is exhausting - and the wretched things keep waddling off!

Looking forward to your new blog, Maria :)

Rebekah Loper said...

I blog under my name, and my url is my name (with the currently free .wordpress.com attached, of course), but my blog title is Fantasia Hearth. Wordpress does let you title your blog something other than what matches your url, and I like that a lot.

It's Fantasia Hearth because I was trying to pull fantasy and homesteading together, and I'm still pretty pleased with it, so I think it's going to stick around for a good long while. Hopefully forever, lol.

You can always go to mariazannini.wordpress.com, or mariazannini.com, which works best for your upcoming goals.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I have the two blogs - The Writing Spectacle and Outside the Box. The URL for the first is the name of the blog and the second is besanderson. I started out blogging in 2006 with a different blog and a lame name, and moved later to the new site and the new name, then I started the besanderson blog and it's had a couple name changes. I'm sticking with these from now on, though. They have meaning for me and I've been at them long enough, people know where to find me. Plus, they're on all my marketing materials. ;o)

Maria Zannini said...

Madeline: I've always been curious how you came up with Shellshank Redemption.

Maria Zannini said...

Betty: A Bench with a View always sounded so inviting. I love the idea of seeing life from your point of view. It's a nice analogy.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I'm glad you have a web site with your full name. It's absolutely critical for an author to have good searchability.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I did find a great name for the blog, but it's been used with various extensions already so the hunt goes on.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: Two names! That had to be a conundrum. And you needed both names to be searchable.

Maria Zannini said...

Marlene: I would've preferred a shorter name. I'm trying to pay attention to other big bloggers' titles to see how they incorporate their names.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: I'm kind of leaning that way too. Maybe just my name in the url with a subtitle on the blog. Maybe if I embed the meta data that will improve keyword searches.

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: LOL! That's about the size of it. You no sooner figure one piece of the puzzle when you lose the other piece.

Maria Zannini said...

Rebekah: I checked just now and when I type in my url with a .com it comes up in Chinese. Not a good sign. I'll have to explore further.

Maria Zannini said...

BE: As long as your marketing links back to the same name, you're safe. It's when you scatter too many seeds that give search engines a hard time.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

it's all about the brand :O)

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: No matter what we do, it always comes back to brand.

Anna Soliveres said...

I personally had a hard time in the beginning coming up with a unique name/URL for my blog, and ended up with "If You Wish To Be A Writer" which wasn't taken because it's a mouthful! I wish I could have made is simpler, but to your point, so many of the shorter, unique titles I could come up with, had already been taken.

Mike Keyton said...

Record of a baffled spirit was pinched from Yoshida Shoin, an unpleasant and highly militaristic Japanese polemicist who wrote around 1900 and ranted about the Japanese right to an empire stretching from China to Brazil. It seemed so inappropriate - the book title - far more suited to my blog : ) so I took it. On occasions I toy with the idea of registering it in terms of a website but I have no idea of the expense, nor how easy a website would be to maintain. Good luck with your endeavours, Maria

Maria Zannini said...

Anna: In the end the only important thing is that search engines can find the blog. Regardless what a blog is called I always rename it on my blog reader with the blogger's name.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I didn't know you swiped the name.

I wish I'd had you as my history teacher. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I didn't know you swiped the name.

I wish I'd had you as my history teacher. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Anna: In the end the only important thing is that search engines can find the blog. Regardless what a blog is called I always rename it on my blog reader with the blogger's name.

Shelley Munro said...

Short and punchy and able to be used with a logo. *grin* I don't envy you your task. I'm just glad I'm not a writer starting out, because it's difficult getting a URL for a lot of names now. I was shocked at how many Shelley Munros there were, and I'm thinking I was very lucky to get my URL first.

Good luck with your search. I'm sure you'll come up with something perfect for you.

Lynn Viehl said...

The first blog I had was called Starlines, a play on StarDoc, which was at the time my online handle as well as my first published series. I went with Paperback Writer for my second blog because I was moving into other genres and writing under five different pseudonyms, and few people could remember all those pen names. It also allowed me to create a new online handle (PBW) which everyone could remember.

I don't much like changing things, but if I ever renamed the blog it would probably be with something from one of my books. I've always liked Evermore. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: After more research someone is definitely squatting on .com extensions. But there's always a way around.

Maria Zannini said...

Lynn: I didn't know about your first blog. It seems Paperback Writer has been around forever. I remember when you contributed to a group blog. You were the best post of the week and I always visited. When you left, it wasn't the same.