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Naming a Blog

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Choosing a domain name for a blog is an exhausted work. I spent a whole day to think an excellent name for this blog. I have some imagination in thinking up catchy names, but most of them have been registered by others about two years ago. After comparing about ten alternate names, I choose jlai.

Now I have some advance in choosing a blog name.( I assume you want your blog name and it’s domain name are the same.)

1. You must position you blog clearly. That is you must know that what you want to write in you blog. If it is about some specific topic, you’d better put the key word of that topic in your blog’s name. Your blog name should tell something about that topic. If you are going to write anything you like, you just need to give it an catchy name, which are general or easy to be recognized.

2. You may want to use your name as the blog name, it is lucky that the name is still available. But before getting that name, you must ask yourself, do I want the people in the real world to know that this is my blog? Anyone can type your name in search engine and find out your blog easily if you use your real name as the blog name. If you are one of those who see blog as another world which separates from the real one, in other words, you want to write something which you don’t want your acquaintances to read, never use real name.

3. Some hints for naming.

  1. generally, shorter is better.
  2. if the name is an idiom, that OK. e.g. thanksforlistening, thanksgod, infact, kissmegoodbye.
  3. use abbreviation. blg=blog, writr=writer (derives from flickr).
  4. letters combined together conveying no literal meanings may have special affect. e.g. wwwc likes a grace curve.
  5. often than not, numbers make your blog name cheap. (This is my opinion, others may disagree this.)

4. You can give up all the ideas above since web2.0 (social bookmarks, RSS etc.) and the search engine require your reader remember nothing about the address even the name of the blog or any website. In the past, people eagerly want their phone numbers can be remembered easily. But now, how many phone numbers are in your mind? We store all the numbers we need in our mobile phones. Some of my friends even don’t know their own numbers. People in web are the same, they don’t need to remember any address of website. Some even aren’t willing to type the address in the address bar though the name is as short as yahoo.com, they prefer to click the links in bookmarks or RSS.

You may know all above, but as an perfectionist, you cannot satisfy all the choices. Or maybe you are one of the those who cannot make decision when facing choices. This is why you are reading this post. I am kind of those people as well. But I try to tell myself, start to write your blog soon, this is your original purpose, don’t get stuck in the name which is not as important as you think.

Written by J. Lai

September 4, 2007 at 4:46 am

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