Monday, August 31, 2009

What's in a Name?

I don't like the name of my blog..... I never have. I've mentioned it before, but I threw the name up when I created the blog. I'm not sure why I picked the name. Really, it was more of a description. I was trying to think of a type of blog to put up. Something that reflected my personality and something that I wouldn't, hopefully, get tired of too soon. I wrote a few posts and then, a funny thing happened, a few people visited the blog and actually commented! Like a lot of people I was mildly thrilled that people actually came to my site and commented on what I wrote. Wow! Significance! Crazily, I thought that changing the name would jinx things. I wanted people to return. I hoped to connect to other people who had the same interests-- but mostly I wanted people to come back. But the name.... It has just never sat well with me. I've tried playing with it without changing it too much, hoping to make it sound.... I don't know... less lame? Yeah. Still don't like it. And, the thing is, I'm looking for inspiration. Maybe some rejuvenation. I haven't been my old, creative self in awhile. Usually I change my template when I get bored, but I think I need more. I need a title that will hint at what this blog is really about-- News & Reviews isn't really that accurate since I've been awful at keeping up with anything resembling sci-fi related news-- though reviews do pop-up a lot. I like the freedom to meander with my posts. They're usually scifi/fantasy related, though I reserve the right to go off topic. Gosh, I sound high maintenance don't I? So what do you think? A name change? A contest perhaps? Granted, I can only offer books-- but I can offer a fairly decent pile of the winner's choice. Should I go for it? Maybe I'll have an official contest soon...

17 comments:

Harry Markov: daydream said...

Hey, maybe a name change is something you need like maybe Mistique's Review Den or the Wizard's Book Cauldron.

A contest could be fun, but make the entries figure out new names for the blog, so that you can feel inspired to change your own name. To be frank I am pissed off at myself for not naming my blog Forest Library Reviews, cause I like plant life, but irrelevant now huh?

PS: You are not high maintenance. Relax and chill.

Karen said...

A contest sounds like a good idea! It's interactive and fun.

SQT said...

Yeah Harry, the idea is to have someone else, someone way more clever than I am, come up with a name. Then, let the readers vote on it and the winner gets to choose what they want from a pile of books. That's what I got so far...

Harry Markov: daydream said...

Good. Set it up and see what happens. I think that there will be interest in helping you make such a dramatic change.

Michelle G said...

But your blog name is creative. :) Mine is just my name -Michelle's Book Blog. So I guess I won't be much help in coming up with a new name for your blog. LOL No matter the name, I enjoy your posts.

Have a great day.

M

Nick said...

Your site's title really isn't that bad. I've seen much, much worse.

Charles Gramlich said...

What about a cool acronym?

SQT said...

Charles-- hmm, an acronym. That has potential.

MarnieColette said...

I completely understand. The little things like titles and names not be completely perfect bug me to death. Layouts drive me crazy I spend more time on that then anything else.

I think that you should have a name that blog contest --- people can give suggestions and you can pick one and get inspired by one.

Jim Haley said...

Sounds like a fine idea - I don't think there's anything wrong with the current blog name, but I'm sure there are other more creative titles it could have too. I've even had an idea or two myself for blog names in the past, that I'd be happy to share.

Avery DeBow said...

Let's call it Shirley.

SQT said...

Avery-- that's it! Lol.

drey said...

Well... I say if you don't like the name, then change it. Sounds easier than it is, I know. But Harry's contest-for-new-names is a cool idea. =) & like MarnieColette, the layout's what bugs me more.

Scotty said...

SQT - I can think of a few acronyms for that...

:-)

Randy said...

I ended up with the Google search "Fantasy Blogs." You were #1 on the list. I'd stay away from Fantasy Girl Reviews... just sayin'.

How about...
Geek Girl Reviews?
The Female Fantasist?
SQT News and Reviews?
Fiction Reader?

SQT said...

Randy-- that's awesome.. and scary. Does that mean I shouldn't change the name?

Nick said...

Personally, I like Fantasy & SciFi Lovin. The name says it all. Why mess with a good thing? :)