How to Choose Your Blog’s Name2 min read

Earlier today I was having a Skype chat with one of my clients, and he asked me what is better when it comes to naming your blog: using your own name or deciding on a different name.

It kind of gave me pause, and I mumbled something, and then one of us changed the topic, and that was that.

But I kept thinking about it, and here’s my answer.

The way I see it, there are three different ways in which you can name your blog:

  1. Relevant keywords – The Art of Blogging – What is your blog about? What are your topics? How can you communicate to your readers what your blog is all about as fast as possible? Do you have a doubt what the Art of Blogging is all about?
  2. A brand – irevuo – Some might say this is a bit too ambitious, but if you can come up with an interesting name, why not? Something short and catchy, that’s sure to attract readers.
  3. Your own name – cristianmihai.net – Okay, this explanatory. You are the brand. You are the blog.

It goes without saying that you should always, always purchase a custom domain. This is the one expense you must make, no matter what. It’s more professional, it’s not that expensive, and if you’re somewhat serious about blogging, the $20 or so per year is well worth spending.

Now, how do you choose?

Tricky question.

I think that you should take into consideration the following aspects:

  • Take your time: it’s going to be quite difficult to change your blog’s name, to purchase a different domain, and change all the social media accounts
  • Write down relevant keywords: what’s your blog about? What are your main topics? What makes it stand out? Can you combine those to come up with a catchy name (like Engadget?)
  • Brainstorm. Ask people. Use a thesaurus, an online translator, a friend who lives far away. It took us an awful lot of time to come up with irevuo, which comes from the word “revuo”, which means “journal” in Esperanto.
  • Go for a name that’s as short as possible: go for a name that is short, catchy, and easy to remember.
  • Check domain name availability beforehand: what good is a brilliant name if the .com, .net, .blog domains are all taken.

Believe it or not, your blog’s name matters. A lot.

Do you have a catchy name for your blog? Do share it in the comments section below.

Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. His favorite painting is “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrich. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

6 thoughts on “How to Choose Your Blog’s Name2 min read

  1. I chose my blog’s name Jainanigans because that’s what my friends call it when I get into mischief and WWJaiDO (What Would Jai Do), because I thought it sounded cute and catchy for my opinion column. I’ve considered purchasing a custom domain but haven’t as of yet.

  2. My blog name is neither short nor catchy: wishicouldhavebeenthere. I chose it, after some noodling around for a name, because I knew it was perfect for me. I am 75 years old, born in 1944. I have lived with depression almost my whole life, but I didn’t realize it until I was diagnosed and started getting treatment in 1997.

    Then I finally understood why I didn’t remember so many of the high school stories involving me and my old school mates that they would recount at our reunions. I was always stunned by how good their memories were, and how lousy mine was.

    You see, when you’re depressed you have tunnel vision and tunnel concentration. You focus on you and your own feelings. You don’t have the energy to focus on your friends and what they are doing and feeling. Getting treatment for depression made me understand how often I was there, but not there, with other people in my life.

    So my blog name comes from country singer-songwriter John Anderson’s I Wish I Could Have Been There. In the song, a country artist laments all the times he has to be on the road away from his family and missing important events in their lives. His song is a metaphor for my life with depression. His absence was physical; mine was emotional.

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