Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's in a name?

First off, I know I've been absent for the past couple weeks. I have neither blogged nor crafted in any substantive capacity since March. I've noticed a lot of other bloggers taking breaks as well. I think I just needed to get out in the sun a bit and spend some time thinking about my blog and craft. I don't think I'll be around much over the next couple weeks, because house-buying stuff is consuming my attention.

But another reason I haven't been blogging is because I've been trying to think of a new name for my blog. This is where the post gets a bit verbose, so I won't be offended if you don't read it all the way through. I'm just looking for some insights on how to name a blog and what I specifically should call my blog.

Most of you probably don't know my full name is Margaret. And why would you? It's not what I go by. In fact, I went through a period where I was pretty angry that my parents named me something they never intended to call me. It's not one of those diminutive names that comes out intuitively, either, like Mike from Michael or Jess from Jessica. I can't tell you how many times people have joked "How do you get 'Meg' from Margaret?" or assumed my name was Megan. At least my mom didn't call me Peggy.

[There's a whole side story here, in which I share a name with my dad's first wife, Peggy, who is not my mother.]

I feel like I've been walking around not quite sure how I should introduce myself in academic or professional situations. I know I might be over-thinking it, because people tell me "Just say it's short for Margaret. No big deal." But I know I'm not completely crazy when I say that it has had an effect on my self confidence and my sense of self in general.

What does it mean when you don't know how to introduce yourself? What does it mean when your professor asks you your name and you say "I'm Meh--I mean Margaret" because that's what he has on the roster?

Lately I've been getting the same feeling about my blog name. It obviously doesn't match the URL and the URL that would match is unavailable. Plus, I've just never been crazy about the name or the unintended political overtones I fear it gives off. And I keep asking myself, why did I name it something I didn't really like? Basically, it's because I couldn't think of something I did like, and my friend suggested this.

And I've been going along with it, still unsure just like my Meg/Margaret situation. But I want a name that I like. I've been on the lookout for ideas when I read or listen to music. Not much has stuck out to me, but I do have a few ideas.

I know that I'm the one who needs to ultimately be happy with the name, but I would love to get some opinions on the matter.

Another thing to consider is that I may want to open an Etsy shop again at some point in the future, so I would want a name that could carry over to that or at least relate somehow. I will post some of my ideas in a couple days, but in the meantime here are my questions for you, dear readers:
How did you name your blog? Have you ever changed your blog's name? Why and from what?  


  1. What a wonderful dilemma you find yourself in. You have the opportunity to completely redefine your little corner of the internet! I did the same thing if you recall.

    My blog was once called And They Lived Happily Ever After. A bit optimistic as living happily is possible, but not something that one can maintain at all times. Nevermind that it's ENTIRELY unoriginal. I renamed my blog thanks to a push from Amyshmamey when she helped me redesign my layout about a year ago.

    Since then my little corner of the internet has been sorely neglected and only recently brought back to life, albeit pitifully. Yet now I find myself in a pickle. I've grown since I started my blog and I don't know that the chipper and lovey dovey premise still suits my interests.

    I started blogging as a newliwed, and while I'm still 100% smitten with the mister, we've grown into a happily married couple, rather than an overwhelmed and excited pair of newly married people. We garden, we work, our life is a bit less exciting now. It's wonderful, but I feel as if I'm in the same predicament and I have no idea what to do about it either.

    Perhaps you could name your blog a play with your name, Magaret who goes by Meg... You can call me Meg.... Margaret's Musings... Meg's Musings.... Meg and Mike Buy a House.... There are lots of options, and I know how difficult the task is... shoot me an email sometime and I'll give you some more random ideas that come to mind. I'm rather good at brain vomit, if I do say so myself! Haha!

    Love you, always!

    1. It is hard to find a name that both defines what your blog is AND leaves room for growth. People change, life happens, and it's hard to blog once you feel you've outgrown the name and theme of your little corner of the internet. I feel like my name never really made sense, and I've always been slightly unhappy with it. I also worry that I'll lose readers when I change my name, the ones that google the name of my blog and then find me in the results.

      I do like your idea "you can call me Meg" or maybe "but you can call me Meg." I think I'm going to mull it over a bit longer, but I appreciate your input.

  2. I completely changed my blog...and it was the best decision ever. My last blog just didn't fit my life anymore and it was frustrating. I think that you shouldn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to make sure your blog is representing you. Good luck on figuring that out!

  3. I am really excited to see what you come up with. I changed my blog name and am very glad I did.
    I was going to recommend, 'I go by Meg." But I think there used to be a blog called "I go by Katie." ...Not that it matters, actually.


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