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.)

24 Comments

  • At 2010.02.10 17:27, vivienne said:

    Serendipity has always been one of my most favourite words since I found it in the dictionary at eighteen. I had planned to use it as the title of a novel, but it never came to fruition.. I just love the word and what it stands for.
    .-= vivienne´s last blog ..The Earth Hums In B Flat by Mari Strachan =-.

    • At 2010.02.10 17:40, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

      My story’s not nearly as good as yours – I was born in Bermuda, so my mom always called me her Bermuda onion (as the natives are called). My son said I should use it for my blog.
      .-= Kathy R (Bermudaonion)´s last blog ..Our Life in France – banking, money and numbers =-.

      • At 2010.02.10 17:48, sammy25 said:

        My roommate and I had always talked about staring a youtube channel called Presque Isle Files…reminiscent of the reality shows like Laguna Beach and The Hills. We’d figured that other reality shows all took place in cities near large bodies of water….a la Presqe Isle (not nearly as “glamourous” as the Hills or Laguna Beach) and Files was just a nice addtion that rolled off the tongue….a lass the youtube idea fell through so I stole the name and started the blog!
        .-= sammy25´s last blog ..Alive and Well =-.

        • At 2010.02.10 18:46, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

          I lucked out with my blog name. This is a great story though and I’m glad you shared it. I really like your blog name.
          .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben Winters =-.

          • At 2010.02.10 19:07, rhapsodyinbooks said:

            I can’t believe how lucky you got with the domain name. And I love the picture in your sidebar. How lucky you are to have such a talented SIL!
            .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Moby Dick Mondays – Week 13 =-.

            • At 2010.02.10 21:19, Jenners said:

              I didn’t think too much about my blog title … I just went with straightforward “FInd Your Next Book Here.” Nothing too subtle about that! I do wish I had thought a bit more about blog titles beforehand … but I really didn’t think anyone would ever read them!
              .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Reading with the Little One: "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch =-.

              • At 2010.02.10 21:37, Michelle @ The True Book Addict said:

                I love your blog name!

                When I first started blogging in August, I was The Book Addict which I had been using for over a year on MySpace. About a month or so in, I had everything done…header, name, background, etc. One of my fellow blog friends informed me that there was a blog called Book Addict and she had the same background! I was like, “Oh, no! I do not want anyone to think I copied.” So I got to thinking and The True Book Addict was born. As I explain in my about me section, this doesn’t mean that I am the only (true) book addict, but that I’m truly a book addict and I’m true to books–my greatest love after my sons! I’m just glad I didn’t have to change the moniker entirely!
                .-= Michelle @ The True Book Addict´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesdays =-.

                • At 2010.02.11 01:00, Angie (By Book or By Crook) said:

                  Like you I wanted a catchy title with a literary reference. One day in the bookstore I found a book I had been searching for for quite a while and I told my husband I was going to “get that book by hook or by crook”. I just changed the “hook” to “book” and voile’.

                  • At 2010.02.11 10:47, Stephanie said:

                    I’ve used various blog names including A Room of My Own (hat tip to Virginia Woolf) and Stark Raving Bibliophile. I finally settled on Laughing Stars, which is a reference to The Little Prince. It’s a tribute to my mom and to my kids, who have very unique learning styles.

                    Your blog name is fantastic and I love your header!
                    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Book Review #68: Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch =-.

                    • At 2010.02.11 11:47, Jess - A Book Hoarder said:

                      One of the problems with hoarding books is that they are always there as evidence. Maybe I don’t want people to know about my guilty pleasures. Maybe I also didn’t want people to know that I had serious issues with people borrowing my books…who knows what kind of torment they would see. I knew that if I started a blog my crazy obsessiveness would be known to everyone. I would finally be admitting I had a problem. Hi, my name is Jessica, I hoard books. Finally, I accepted that I had issues and Confessions of a Book Hoarder just made sense.
                      .-= Jess – A Book Hoarder´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday =-.

                      • At 2010.02.11 14:48, Kari said:

                        All the contributors on my blog live in NYC, so it just made sense. We were actually called The Untitled Book Review Project for a while when it was just a blog kept between my group of friends. Then when outsiders started reading too, we decided it was time to name it. Colin, my boyfriend and one of the blog authors, thought up The Five Borough Book Review during a brief brainstorming session over gchat.
                        .-= Kari´s last blog ..Review: His Paper Chase =-.

                        • At 2010.02.11 16:38, Ti said:

                          I have to tell you, that you did a great job coming up with a name. I really love the name of your blog. It’s snappy, it’s got personality and it describes how I feel every time I fall into a good book.

                          My story is not that exciting. When I was over at Blogger, I blogged as Book Chatter and other stuff… way, way too long even though it pretty much described the blog pretty well. I decided to change it to something more personal like “Book Chatter with Ti” but have reading / tea theme since I love tea so much. Then I thought “confessions of [fill in the blank] but there were so many.

                          I actually went to another blogger and just asked her what I should go with. She told me to just got with Book Chatter which I did, but the .com domain was taken so I went with .net. Easy enough, people still knew who I was… I wonder why I didn’t do it a long time ago.
                          .-= Ti´s last blog ..Review: Life As We Knew It =-.

                          • At 2010.02.11 18:42, Alita said:

                            Yours is one of my favourite book blog names! You were much more organized when you started your blog than I was. Basically one day I decided I was going to start a book blog and the next day I set up my wordpress blog. And so, without much forethought, alita.reads. was born. I hadn’t even ever looked at another book blog ha! I probably should have been a bit more prepared. I’ve thought of changing my blog name since then, but the current name has kind of stuck.
                            .-= Alita´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday (02.09.10) =-.

                            • At 2010.02.11 23:37, bybee said:

                              My blog had 2 other names during its first year: “In Today’s Reading Room” and “My Nose In A Book”. One day, I moved some books to my new apartment. When I looked at the empty place where the books had been, I felt a chill and thought: “I feel naked without books.”

                              Then the “Allelluia” chorus began singing…no, I’m making that part up.
                              .-= bybee´s last blog ..January: Reading & Reviewing Part 3 =-.

                              • At 2010.02.11 23:48, Lisa said:

                                I did have other names I tried first but now I can’t recall any of them. Self-hosting scares me so I’m content for now but one day I need to do that.
                                .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Awards–And Two Bloggers You May Not Have Checked Out Yet =-.

                                • At 2010.02.12 18:07, Care said:

                                  I didn’t give it any thought since I thought only family would read it. Come to find out many more non-family stop by on a regular basis but I hate to change it now. I’m content with being boring. I supposed I could go with Care’s Books. Care for Books? Book Care? Ah, that would have worked. oh well. but then, somebody would assume I’m some kind of book restorer. I’ll stick with what I got.
                                  I really enjoyed your story here and am happy for you – it’s a great theme and blog. 🙂
                                  .-= Care´s last blog ..To the Lighthouse =-.

                                  • At 2010.02.12 23:51, Karen @ Planet Books said:

                                    The planets have always been a part of my life. My dad is a physicist and has always been interested in the cosmos and our solar system. When my sister and I were growing up he would take us out to the front yard throughout the year and point out different constellations and quiz us on our knowledge. I was living in Okinawa and thought about readers around the world. How we are connected by reading and how stories are told and cross through the language boundaries that seperate us made me think of the planet and books. So, I had Planet Books and let me tell you, I was shocked that there was not a blog out there with that name! I love it still and feel like my blog is an extension of me and one of my favorite things to do. Read!
                                    I started following CURLY WURLY GURLY long before you had your book blog and was thrilled when you started BOOK, LINE, and SINKER. Good Work!!
                                    .-= Karen @ Planet Books´s last blog ..Friday Finds ~ February 12th, 2010 =-.

                                    • At 2010.02.13 10:25, Beth F said:

                                      Mine’s just a made up name. I sure wish I spent more time coming up with a name — I had no idea that my blog would last even a week.
                                      .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Weekend Cooking: Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich =-.

                                      • At 2010.02.14 16:39, veronica said:

                                        I thought about my title for a long time, too, when I first started my book blog. Like you, I’d had life blogs before and I always like to have a somewhat clever title. Usually it’s a bizarre reference to something. Once I had a blog titled “electric sneakers” after Kevin Arnold’s band in one random episode of “The Wonder Years.” For this particular blog, it had to be something bookish, but there are so many blogs with similar bookish titles that it had to be something a little different. And so I finally just settled on a literary quote I like. A little sarcastic, a little crude, but fun. As for my actual blog address, it’s an obscure quote from “Treasure Island” which is my all time favorite book. I like blogs with fun names. 🙂

                                        • At 2010.02.19 18:27, Kristen said:

                                          BookNAround came about because I love books and I’m always booking around in all senses of the phrase. I run. I chauffeur my kids on a daily basis. We move around the country with more regularity than your average bear. And more. So it seemed an appropriate play on words. I do love your blog name and think it’s quite clever. 🙂
                                          .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Review: American Daughter by Elizabeth Kendall =-.

                                          • At 2010.02.26 12:31, Julianne said:

                                            Don’t feel bad about it, Natalie! I change my site and blog names many times before I settle on one! By the way, I like Book, Line, and Sinker! 🙂 Very clever!
                                            .-= Julianne´s last blog ..Friday 56 =-.

                                            • At 2010.02.28 11:03, Christie said:

                                              When I started my book blog, I named it Read ’em and Eat because I was doing book reviews, questions for book clubs and recipes to serve at your book club…but all that just got to be too much. Then I went to a talk on books and reading at a local book store and the moderator talked about the notion of the ludic reader – someone who reads for pleasure. Thus, I became The Ludic Reader.
                                              .-= Christie´s last blog ..The Book Thief by Markus Zusak =-.

                                              • At 2010.03.03 18:03, Lisa Munley said:

                                                Your blog is one of my favorites, name-wise and in every other way. This is a great story behind the name.. mine was much more spur of the moment. Books on the Brain came from a phrase I often say when I’m thinking about something.. “I’ve got ________ on the brain.” But I get a lot of searches from people looking for books ABOUT the brain. It’s kind of funny.

                                                • At 2010.03.03 18:07, Jennifer said:

                                                  I have to admit, I love you name. And your blog. And it’s really great to see how you grew as a book blogger and eventually moved to self-hosting your own blog! So exciting. Definitely motivational for a beginner like me. Anyway, the story behind my name is not very exciting at all. I’m a Supreme Court nerd – it started in high school – and ass soon as that started, I started making all my screen names Justice Jennifer. And for me it stuck. Silly, but so me.
                                                  .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Short Story Sensation: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde =-.

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