One of the first steps in starting a blog will be choosing the right name.
A blog name is really important for many reasons. First, it is what will stick in people’s mind when they think of your blog. It needs to be something easy enough to remember and remind people of what the blog is about. Your blog name can be a fabulous first impression, or a definite last impression. People can identify immediately with a blog name or decide it is not for them in less than a second. Your blog name will be your brand.
A list of my favorite blog names:
A Cup of Jo: Brilliant. Love the play on words.
Wifessionals: I’ll share below why I love this blog name.
Venus Trapped in Mars: A girl trapped in guy land. Awesome.
The NO Drama Mama: I guess I like this name because I identify with it.
Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles: The words “sunny” and “sprinkles” make me feel happy :).
There are tons of “rules” about blog names, but I am going to skip over a lot of that. There are plenty of sites that will tell you the proper rules for choosing a blog name, but I don’t play by the rules. For example, one of the rules is to skip the “the” in your name. Well, I broke that one. Someday, maybe I will drop it. For now, I like it just fine. There are also rules like sticking to one word, finding thematic names, and using proper phonetics. All those suggestions are fine, but you don’t have to listen to them to pick a good blog name.
What you do need to do is find a name that hasn’t been taken. There are tons of blogs out there, which means there are tons of names that have already been taken. Do not lose heart. There is plenty of space for original, new blog names.
I am on my fourth blog now. Let me tell you the blog names I had in the past.
Oh Merry Mom
I laugh as I read those. Thrifty Place had the most posts. I ditched it because I didn’t always want to feel confined to writing posts about being thrifty. I felt like my title boxed me in.
So how did I come up with The Dwelling Tree? I went on a run, and listened to music I loved. I got out my pen and journal, and wrote down words that ignited my heart. After thinking and praying about what I wanted my blog space to be, I decided I wanted a meaningful blog name that gave me enough space to write about various topics, but that would also give readers an idea of the kind of blog they would be visiting.
I scribbled down words like grace, faith, mom, dwell, beloved, and plenty more. Then I started creating combinations of words. I remember I had The Dwelling Tree and another blog name narrowed down. Both had deep meanings for me as I had soul searched for my blog name.
My favorite spiritual image has always been trees and roots. For a tree to bear fruit and grow healthy and strong that it might provide shade and nourishment for other creatures, it must have strong and well connected roots. I learned about this from an old mentor who encouraged me to focus on my roots in Christ that are unseen in order that visible beauty would come and bless others.
I also love the word dwell, and specifically, how I feel blessed that God makes his dwelling in me. There is a bible verse, Colossians 3:16, which talks about this.
I decided to combine these meaningful words to express what I wanted my blog to be: a place where I hoped to encourage other women in their daily walks of motherhood, life, and marriage. That is where my true passion lies.
So, where does your passion lie? Is it in crafts, home décor, motherhood, humor? My suggestion is for you to think of a blog name that will fit your blog like a comfortable shoe. Try not to box yourself in or pick something you think everyone else will like. Pick something you are proud of and that you can make beautiful. The lovely part of blogging is we are artists. We take a totally blank canvas and make it what we want to be, and create a place where people can peer into our minds and daily lives. We share information, tips and ideas.
In summary, make sure you brainstorm ideas you love first. Next, research to see what is taken as well as figure out if your blog name will be unique and stand out. Double check that your blog domain can match all your social media accounts, or at least the ones that are most important to you. Not all of my social media accounts match, and I am alright with that. Last, begin to create graphics for your blog name. This last step might help you nail down your name!
Overall, be patient with the process. Make sure you feel good about the blog name you choose. This is one of the most fun steps in making a blog (or a second or third blog!). Enjoy yourself, and try not to stress too much.
Does anyone else have tips or want to share how they came up with their blog names?