What’s In a Name?
A year ago, I began toying with the idea of starting a book blog. I had been life blogging for two years and had made several book blogger friends who introduced me to the world that is book blogging.
I started visiting book blogs and drew up a game plan for my new venture. I used WordPress to design a layout, Photoshop to create a header, and began reviewing books in a journal so I had some material to start with.
The only thing I was missing was a catchy name.
For an entire weekend I brainstormed to find the perfect balance–something catchy, easy to remember, no weird spellings, with a literary pun or reference. I came up with two that I liked–A Novel Idea and All Booked Up–but both names were already being used on WordPress. Back to the drawing board I went.
I kept coming back to finding “a HOOK” for my title…and came up with Get Hooked on Books (also taken). I was doodling pictures in my journal–the image of me sitting on a stack of books with the fishing pole on my sidebar was born that day* when the phrase ‘she fell for it hook, line, and sinker’ popped into my head. My voila! moment was changing hook to book, and that’s how my blog’s name was born.
I registered the name with WordPress but eventually wanted to self-host my blog. Someone was sitting on the domain name booklineandsinker.com and it wouldn’t be up for renewal until July. The renewal date came and went and the domain owner had another 60 days to renew. The second I was able to, I snagged the domain, uploaded all my WordPress stuff, created a new header, ditched my training wheels, and never looked back!
Is there significance behind your blog’s name? Did you have another idea that was already taken? Tell me all about it!
*The image on my sidebar was reworked by my very talented sister-in-law who makes her living as an artist. (She does some cartooning and caricatures on the side.)