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  1. Larri at Seams Inspired
    Nov 18 - 6:48 am

    Great article and suggestions! I came up with my blog name (Seams Inspired) by incorporating my love for sewing and all the inspiring things I find in my daily internet searches. Sometimes, though, I wonder if people think I just can’t spell the word ‘seems’ correctly. ;) I guess if you sew, you’d get it.

    • Susan
      Nov 18 - 12:19 pm

      LOL. I think it’s a clever name and I can’t imagine anyone thinking you just can’t spell. It seems very obvious to me and “seems” is not the type of word anyone misspells.

    • Amber
      Nov 18 - 1:19 pm

      I sew, and I would totally get it. I think it’s a GREAT name. :)

  2. One of the mistakes I made with my first site is picking a name that had I’m in it — it’s best to stay away from ‘ because people get confused. I always get:

    is it IM or I AM — UGH

    5 years later I can’t go back but if I could that would be different

    • Erica
      Nov 18 - 10:40 am

      Erica here – Just wanted you to know that I’m Not Obsessed is one of my favorite reads. :D

      • WOW!! Thank you SO MUCH!! :) Totally appreciate it

        • Susan
          Nov 18 - 12:13 pm

          Interesting point Vera about the contraction in your blog name. I hadn’t thought of that before. One solution is to also purchase the misspelling and redirect it.

          We own a bunch of variations on 5 Minutes for Mom to protect our brand and help people find us if they spell it wrong.

          For example, you can type FiveMinutesForMom.com or even 5m4m.com and get to our site.

          • Amber
            Nov 18 - 1:21 pm

            That’s a great idea, Susan.

            I’ve also heard of people buying multiple extensions, like .com, .net and .ca (here in Canada). Just one more way to reduce confusion.

  3. Jessica
    Nov 18 - 9:46 am

    My blog is The Parsonage Family, because my husband is a pastor and we live in a church parsonage. I thought it was cute and fitting–and it is, for now. Little did I know that a) I would hate living in a parsonage and now wonder if I should rename if/when we finally get our own home, and b) that I would get serious about blogging and want to buy the domain, when it’s already taken by some guy whose last name actually is Parsonage!

    • Susan
      Nov 18 - 12:17 pm

      That’s a tough one Jessica… yes, it’s hard to see into the future. If the domain is gone already and you think the name may not fit for long, it might be a good idea to start the change now. It’s one of those decisions that just gets harder the longer you put it off.

    • Amber
      Nov 18 - 1:24 pm

      It’s not always easy to think ahead – it’s one reason why my blog is my last name. When I started it, I just meant to keep my family up-to-date. THEY all know my last name, so it met my needs at the time. Now? Not so much. But I also don’t want to change it, after so many years.

  4. Susan
    Nov 18 - 12:11 pm

    Fabulous advice Amber.

    It’s getting tougher every day to name new blogs as everything is taken. We were lucky to have named 5 Minutes For Mom back in March 2006.

    • Amber
      Nov 18 - 1:22 pm

      It’s true – and that’s one reason I kick myself. I started my blog in May, 2003 – I could have chosen most any name I wanted back then! Now, it’s not so easy. Plus, after 7 1/2 years, people look for me at Strocel.com, so I can’t see changing.

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  6. Marybeth
    Nov 18 - 3:06 pm

    I chose Alarm Clock Wars as my blog name because I started it when I was trying to get up WITH my alarm for 30 days, rather than hitting snooze for 30-45 minutes. At the time, it gave me some accountability as I posted how my mornings went every day (or just about). Now, I’m moving away from that, though I do come back to it once in a while. Mornings are always hard for me! But, I know that a lot of people have trouble with mornings, or just with time in general – there’s always so much to do!

    • Amber
      Nov 18 - 11:40 pm

      I totally have trouble with mornings. It’s one of the big reasons my daughter is in afternoon kindergarten. ;)

  7. Pebbles
    Nov 19 - 12:24 am

    I’m a pastor and I travel and speak all the time on our ministry as well as doing women’s and youth ministry. Often I share stories of my personal and often comical mistakes that make me a better christian woman. People asked me to start sharing these stories on line for them to read, but when it didn’t fit with our ministry website we decided it was time to start a blog and the name was the hardest part for me! In fact I had to start writing the posts ahead of time, so I din’t jump to soon on a name that didn’t fit. I finally settled on Royal Blunders! I believe we are all princesses undergoing constant training and sadly I make a lot of mistakes, but they are unintentional departures of the truth or accuracy (the def. of blunder) so I just keep it in check with humor…Royal Blunders! This was a great article that helped me see, I’m where I want to be! THANKS SO MUCH!

    • Amber
      Nov 23 - 1:21 am

      I think that Royal Blunders is a great name! I will admit, naming things isn’t easy for me, either. It’s probably why my own blog doesn’t exactly have the world’s best name.

  8. Janice
    Nov 19 - 1:12 am

    So fascinating to read all the comments and hear blog-naming stories and perspectives!

    I am so glad that Sue thought of our blog name. I love it.

    THANKS for the great post again Amber!

  9. Mel
    Nov 19 - 1:30 am

    This is such a great article & something that I wish I would have read years ago before I started my blog! I started my blog when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter & decided to start a blog to keep friends & family updated with our family, etc. I had NO IDEA that other people would actually find my blog & read it! Blogging has become SO much more than a scrapbook, it has become a community of sorts. I wish I my blog name had something to do with my etsy shop or my photography business (and not have my last name associated with it), but I started those AFTER I started my blog, so it is too late now and I am too chicken to change my blog name, so it will just stay The Larson Lingo :)

    • Amber
      Nov 23 - 1:22 am

      This comment made me smile, since my own blog is my last name, and while I don’t love it I’m also too chicken to change. We are in the same (last named) boat. :)

      I try to tell myself that it’s the content that matters, not the name. It’s really true, so I don’t sweat it TOO much.

  10. Lorie Shewbridge
    Nov 19 - 11:15 pm

    These are all great ideas, thanks for a wonderful article.

  11. Krista
    Nov 20 - 2:24 am

    I started my blog with our last name in it on blogspot, but I always titled it Welcome to Married Life. Thankfully that domain was still available when I switched and although I get some weird google hits sometimes so far I’m not really competing with anyone which is nice! I think the name fits well because the blog was started just 6 months after we got married and while I don’t really write about my husband that much it’s still “married life” just with children now!

    • Amber
      Nov 23 - 1:23 am

      I like the name! It’s short, memorable and tells me something about you. How lucky that it was still available when you switched!

  12. ruzcarmen di romo
    Nov 23 - 3:01 am

    TY for this post. Got me thinking. I brainstormed with the kids, called my mom from home, spent long coffee talks with hubby. Finally decided with the just the name for the website, and have the blogsite itsruzanne2helpu. After a few weeks, no one came a-seeking help. Well, there goes my story. But methinks I just need to learn more. All I know is about helping others, sharing and all that nice, touching work and wisdom. Turns out I need help getting peeps to READ or visit my site. Refer, refer, refer! LOL.

    • Amber
      Nov 27 - 6:48 pm

      There is a lot of PR in getting people to your blog, for sure.

      In fact, I think I may talk about that in a future post. Thanks for the idea! :)

  13. SSmith
    Dec 06 - 11:16 pm

    Staying Home and working is hard enough. We have our kids needing our attention majority of the time, leaving very little time for ourselves let alone to get some work done but we do it, as all of you know. If you can find the time please, please vote for me ladies. Thank you.
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  15. Tonggu Momma
    Dec 20 - 7:55 pm

    If I had known in 2006 what I know now, I never would have named my blog “Our Little Tongginator.” Nobody can spell it, much less pronounce it, and few even know what it means. Yet I still manage to love it.

    It comes from a nickname we used to call our daughter when she was a toddler. We adopted her from Tonggu County in Jiangxi Province, China. And we used to call her “the terminator from Tonggu County,” which morphed into The Tongginator. And oh my lands does that nickname suit her.

    But in a few months, we’ll be traveling to adopt our second child. And then I’ll be up a creek with the blog name. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we again adopt through the same orphanage so that I can just add an “s” to my blog name.

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