June 11, 2007

What's in a Name!

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No, I didn't disappear. Decisions over light fixtures must be made! But now I'm back.
Scribbit recently wrote an interesting post on Blog Housekeeping. In #9 she writes about setting yourself from the crowd by having a memorable name. That had me thinking about Blog Names in general. Scribbit is a good one. It's short. It sticks in your head. Scribbit: could be Scribe it or Scribble it or maybe that's the sound a frog makes if you step on it. I like it. It brings to mind writing and gives her a broad range of topics to ponder.


Most of the blogs I read are Book Blogs and require a bookish title. The E-zine Estella's Revenge has a great name. It's a reference to Dickens and that cold chick Estella. Very literary and Revenge gives it an edge.



Birth of a Blog
I have to be honest. I didn't give my blog a lot of thought starting out. I really didn't know a lot about blogging. I knew I wanted it to be about my thoughts on books and very little else. I had a few rules: no pics of my family and keep the details of my life vague. I've stuck to the books-only formula fairly well, although I do Wordless Wednesday. If you really believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, then Wednesdays are a thousand word posts!


When it came to picking my name, I did that in about 30 seconds. Book-a-rama isn't a particularly inspired name. "It's about books. Ok, do something with book in it." The 'a-rama' part just jumped into my head, probably from too much Furturama and episodes of The Simpsons where they 'o-rama' everything. And yes, it should be Book-o-rama. Word.com says that 'o-rama' signifies "a large or comprehensive event, display, etc." I wanted this blog to be about different genres not just the bestsellers, so I guess it fits.

Whether it suits the blog or not Book-a-rama is what I am. I've become Chris@bookarama, everywhere I go on the web.

So, do any of you have a great reason why you named your blog what you did? Or are you like me and just stumbled into it? Inquiring minds want to know!

20 comments :

  1. Glad you like our name, Estella's Revenge! I originally picked it for my personal blog name (still is) and carried it on over to the 'zine. It originally fit my blog nicely since I was angry *and* literary. LOL Now it's just an attention grabber (I hope), and suits the purposes of the 'zine nicely.

    And I'm estellasrevenge EVERYWHERE on the web. It's my standard username, so it's my MySpace and my Livejournal and my username on recipe sites. You name it.

    Love your blog name. I think it fits nicely. :)

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  2. I'm on a group blog, the First Offenders (www.firstoffenders.typepad.com). We are four mystery writers who met at Bouchercon in Chicago in 2005 and were on a panel together called "First Time's the Thrill." By the end of the weekend, we were great friends and decided to try this blog thing. Originally we thought the name should be "Feels like the First Time," but that was quickly changed to First Offenders, although now we're all repeat offenders. But it's just too much of a pain to change the name.

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  3. First Offenders sounds like the perfect name for mystery writers.

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  4. I like your name! Just like you, I kind of stumbled onto blogging. I think we started right about the same time! I was looking around the house, and realized I had so darn many books, I didn't know what to do with the all. My hubby swears it's a disease. So Confessions of a Book-a-holic just kind of came to me!!

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  5. Well, I live West of Mars. How far west and which Mars is a bit of a mystery to mostly everyone but me, but that's okay.

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  6. This is fascinating. I picked my name because I loved the Toni Morrison quote it comes from. I've since wondered if that was a mistake. Nothing about it really says "book blog." I get lots of google search strings for things like "leaf books blog" and "hidden leaf books" and "dewey leaves books" and so forth. I think people don't easily remember my blog name, nor associate it with books. I've even considered changing it.

    Some book blog names I've seen and really liked are Bookshelves of Doom and Bookeywookey and Booklust.

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  7. My blog is named 'A Fraternity of Dreamers' after a line in the opening of my favorite Twilight Zone episode, "Time Enough At Last". (the one where the bank teller wants nothing more but to have time to read)

    That's the phrase used to describe people like us... you know, readers. A fraternity of dreamers. Very apt.

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  8. I like your name! So good job thinking that off the top of your head.

    I didn't ponder my blog name at all, it just came and it's very boring. Oh, well. I have another blog that's about everything else in my life, so this one is just all about books!

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  9. I started off with the blog name of Debi's Thoughts - and that's what it was: just a rambling of stuff in my brain. Then I decided to be a little more original and changed it to Caught Between Worlds - which I am in several different ways, including growing up overseas and now living in the US.

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  10. If you remember I started mine about 2 days after you. LOL. I couldn't think of a name and had no idea where I was going with it (still don't). Like you I like to keep the personal details on the blog vague. So, I came up with Just Another Blogger. I'm sure there are others out there with the same name.

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  11. I picked Dabbling Dilettante because I knew the blog would be mostly about the little passions I follow here and there. I get intensely interested in something for a few months and then, once it's interrupted, I'm on to something else. But I'm never an expert in anything I look into, so I'm just a dabbling dilettante. I once had a book blog called One More Page. Maybe I can use that again somehow.

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  12. I like your blog name - it tells me you're a freewheeling thinker! I started Tea Leaves to keep a friend company as she started a blog. My husband chose the name. Tea Reads was a natural extension for the shared book blog. I guess if I start an exercise program, it'll be Tea Wheezes!

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  13. Oh, this is fun reading everyones reasoning. I named mu bog My Middle Name is Patience because it started out as a knitting blog and everyone who saw me knit (and clearly didn't know me) would tell me "Oh, I would love to knit, but I don't have the patience."

    Of course, maybe there is something to it. I didn't get up and smack a single one of them upside the head.

    Some of the ideas om Blog Housekeeping are pretty interesting, but I hope the posting daily idea NEVER catches on.

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  14. I like your name. Wish I'd thought of it first.

    During 2004, my blog was called "In Today's Reading Room" which I hated. Then, one day, I moved some books to my new apartment. I couldn't move in for another two weeks, so I missed them. I thought: "I feel naked without books!" And there was my new blog name. Now I'm not sure I should've picked it. My google search strings are a little on the porn side.

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  15. Mine is pretty uninspired really, but I wanted something that reflected the fact that I like to read different genres, different countries, different time periods - then my blurb is something about travelling through time and countries without leaving home - and Reading Adventures it was!

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  16. I came up with Musings of a Bookish Kitty and Literary Feline as a way to counterbalance all the attention my past usernames have given to my dog (dashofbasenji is still one of my favorites). I figured it was my cat's turn to shine. Through me. :-)

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  17. Actually, Bybee's blog is blocked for me at work. I get a big porn warning. It says something like, I don't know, !!! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO VIEW BOOKS WITHOUT CLOTHES ON AT WORK YOU PERVERT !!!

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  18. Dewey- Hehe! That could be a problem.

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  19. I picked 'Book Haven' because I wanted my blog to be a haven for me to indulge in my bibliophilia! My username, however, was pretty random, just a combination of 2 names I really like, but I do alternate between that and my real first name.

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  20. I wanted something with book in there but everything was taken, so I settled on The Paperback Stash. I think it's mildly cute.

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