How to choose a blog name [Weekly Blogging Tips]

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.

Thrifty Place
Oh Merry Mom
Baby Lillian

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.

There are a few practical things you can do to help:
1. Make sure your name is available.
Like I said before, make sure the name you choose is not taken. If it is, try swapping the order of the words or coming up with a similar phrase. Synonyms for words you love can be a huge help!
2. Ask a close friend for an opinion if you are on the fence.
If you have two names you cannot decide between, ask a friend their opinion. It might help you make the final decision.
3. Try to think of a name that will either describe the intention of your blog, or the purpose of your blog.
Choose a name that will give readers a feel for your blog. It doesn’t have to describe exactly what you do. Even make something up! One of my favorite blog names is “Wifessionals“, which isn’t even a real word. What do you think of when you see that word? I think of “Wife” and “Confessionals”. Perfect, I am able to understand that the woman behind the blog is a wife and she writes about stuff from her heart.
4. Consider buying your domain name, or making sure it is available.
If you won’t be buying your domain name in the future, this won’t apply. However, if there is a slight chance down the road that you will want to, make sure it is available. This will also help you to stand out on the internet and get higher rankings on Google and other search engines if your blog name is the only one like it.
5. Get personal, creative, or unique.
You want to make sure you are the only blog name that pops up if someone goes to look you up on Google or Bloglovin’. Also, by having a unique or made up name you will not box yourself into one category. You can even combine two different words to convey a couple different themes that might be encompassed in your blog!
6. Make sure people can pronounce your blog name.
For everyone’s sake.
7. See if social media accounts are available.
Chances are if you are starting a blog, you will also start some social media sites for it down the road. Check to see if the name you like is available or already taken. There are tons of bands and companies out there that might have already snagged the title you love.
8. Stand out from the crowd.
Begin to envision images, graphics, or fonts for your blog that will tie well with your blog name. This might help you decide on your final choice, especially if you have a few in mind. People are visual, so tying in an image or font with your blog will make you stand out.

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?

Comments

  1. says

    It was really fun to read your journey even more in depth! We both broke the “the” rule, but, I’m like you, I think it fits best like this for now. Your other suggestions are definitely true. All of those things are so important at the very beginning of creating your blog – it feels like a lot of work when you are just ready to write, but it will pay off in the end when you aren’t kicking yourself for various reasons.

  2. says

    Great tips! I didn’t really think my blog name through and started out with it being “adventures in analog”. I didn’t realize until after a month or so that it was already a domain that had its own blog, just not hosted on blogger (which is why the “.blogspot.ca” handle was still available). After a bit of thought I decided I wanted to keep it similar, so I change it to what it is now – “this analog adventure”. I like it because it encompasses film photography and also travel, which ended up working out very well! haha.

  3. says

    wow very clever. I love some of those names!! Venus Trapped in Mars is brilliantly funny!!! And definitely leave the “the” in your name….it makes me think of it as a place to go to 🙂

  4. says

    Nice post! My tip would be: take your time. Even when you think you know what name you’re going to choose, think about it couple more days. There’s nothing more annoying than realizing couple weeks later that you hate your blog name.

  5. says

    I can’t believe I am just now seeing this post. This is incredibly helpful. I’m going to tweet about it right now. And of course, THANK YOU THANK YOU for the compliment on my blog name!! 🙂

    I like yours becauseI feel like it makes it so easy to build a brand. The tree is associated with your name and your blog design and that’s perfect. That could be the designer in me getting all giddy!!

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