Blogging for Beginners: Choosing a Blog Name

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Today we have a post for new bloggers, or people who are thinking about starting a blog,  with some advice on choosing a blog name.

If you’re a veteran blogger, do please add your tips in the comments section and help out a newbie blogger!

First things first: choosing a blog name is no easy task!

THE IDEAL BLOG NAME SHOULD:

  • Reflect your personality, taste and style
  • Have some relationship with the sort of content you’ll be sharing
  • Have longevity – will it still suit your blog in one, three or five years time?

At this stage, the very best approach is to brainstorm.

Get yourself a big piece of paper and write down all the things you think you might like to blog about. Fashion? Food? Politics? Travel?

What words will describe your style of blogging? Are you modern and fresh? Informal and funny? Outspoken?

Sometimes words with a personal resonance work well – perhaps you have a nickname, or your blog name will refer to you – great examples of blogs named after their authors include Bangs and a Bun (a reference to the author’s hair), What The Redhead Said, or Capture by Lucy.

Think about how your name will look in six months’ time.

One small point to consider, too – write down your blog name and check for any potential double entendres before you commit!

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

You also need to think realistically about your name – words that people can’t easily spell mean lots of potential visitors could miss your site entirely.

Words that are very closely related to brand names might get you in legal hot water.

Words that are simply too long are more likely to be mis-spelled and won’t be easy to use on Twitter, for example, where people can only use 140 characters in a message.

Once you have some contenders, get Googling. Look to see if someone is already writing a blog or website using your name – and if they are, whether they’re at all similar to you. If so, that name might well be best avoided.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of choices, start looking at what names are actually available for you to use.

If you want your own address on the Internet, you’ll need to be sure the domain name is available – this means the Internet address of your site. You can check the availability of domain names using any registrar website – try 123reg for example.

Simply type in your possible blog name and the site will tell you whether you can buy that particular Internet address. If they’re available, we strongly recommend buying the .com, .co.uk AND .net versions of your blog name EVEN if you won’t be using them – because it prevents someone else buying the domain later and creating a blog with the same name as yours.

You should also check whether your name is available on the major social websites – even if you don’t want to use YouTube or Facebook, it’s worth ‘grabbing’ your blog name on every network you can think of, to avoid someone else doing so later, and creating a channel or page that people will confuse with your blog.

REAL BLOGGER TIPS

We asked some UK bloggers for their top tips on choosing a blog name, and here’s what they told us:

  • Try to use something that is memorable and try to think ahead. Your kids aren’t always going to be babies, and you’re not always going to be focusing on them so keep that in mind.
  • Unless you’re done, done, done, don’t name your blog after the number of kids you have.
  • Check no one else has a similar name and spell check it when you buy the domain. My first blog had an extra M in it!
  • I’m a fan of a pun myself. And Disneyland. So mine was a pretty easy choice. The only disadvantage was that we had to add a word into the URL as our first choice had already been taken.
  • Keep it vague – it’s very likely that the blog you’re writing in four years time will not be the blog you’re enjoying writing today. Calling it ‘baby’ something, for example, won’t be relevant to your hilarious tales of your hell-raising four-year-old. The same goes for using ‘mummy’ or ‘mum’, lots of people I know regret that later.
  • Check social media names are available and try to keep your names consistent across all social media.
  • Check how it looks when strung together as one long word in your URL.
  • Try and make it something you can say easily – mine is like a tongue twister sometimes!

Do you have any tips you’d add? Share them by commenting below!

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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