Naming a blog, one of the most important and most difficult things to do when setting up your very own blog.
When I set out to set up my blog I knew that naming it would be just as important as the content I would write. It seemed liked an endless undertaking to say the least. I have always explained to clients that a blog name should be short and sweet but also relevant to your content. Ultimately your blog name will be your domain name and this will be your world wide web address for all to find, search and hopefully remember. This is why this step in setting up your blog is so very important.
I went through my list that I had developed when deciding a subject type for my blog. My list was long and I knew that I wanted to write about my creative passions both personally and professionally. So how was I to incorporate all of that into a name? So I began to write out things about me personally, all kinds of things I enjoyed, my likes, my favourite words, etc. After some time I really wasn’t getting anywhere. Its a process and an important one so I knew I had to spend some time on it to get it right the first time.
I took a break and went for a walk to think about this. When I returned I decided I would go to the GoDaddy site and search for domain names, sometimes you would get suggestions if your domain was already taken. Again, this was getting me nowhere except for frustrated but I was determined to come up with something really unique, something I would be proud to say was mine. At this point all I wanted to do was start writing blog posts but this big wall of naming my blog was keeping me from that.
I decided to look at this from a different point of view. I decided I would answer some questions I would ask a client if I was helping them to name their blog. What is your name? What do you do? What do you like to do? What is your favourite colour? What are your initials? What are your 5 most favourite things? What do you want to write about? What is your niche subject for your blog?
So I answered all of these and then sat and stared at my multiple pieces of paper trying to put it all together. Still none of this was helping, maybe I needed an outside point of view, similar to what I have offered to clients in the past.
But then suddenly it came to me that one of the reasons I hadn’t been able to put my own blog together before was due to not having enough time. Or at least convincing myself that I didn’t have enough time. I thought about this. There was 24 hours in a day, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of time. So I went from there and thought about time in real time numbers. 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 8760 hours in a year. I searched godaddy for possible domains and wordpress for possible blog names and there it was. 365 days 8760 hours. My new blog name. This is how many days and hours there are in a year. This would be a great goal for me to get started too. A dedication to use just a fraction of this time that is available throughout a year and put it towards my blog.
So there I had it, my blogs name….
365 days 8760 hours
Voila! And so my story began.