This week’s edition of Blogging Insights from Dr. Tanya is a continuation of last week’s edition, where she asked if we use all or part of our actual names for our blogs or if we use pseudonyms. This week she’s asking about our blogs’ titles. She wants to know…
Why did you choose your particular blog title? Was their a reason behind it or was it just a random choice?
My blog’s title is “This, That, and The Other.” I chose that title for my blog because it doesn’t have a specific niche. It’s about whatever I feel like posting at the time. Sometimes that involves writing flash fiction posts. Some of my posts are political in nature. In some I’m expressing my observations, opinions, and perspectives on a wide array of topics. Some of my posts are word and/or photo prompts meant to inspire other bloggers. Sometimes I write posts in response to prompts from other bloggers. So, since I write about this, that, and the other, I thought that “This, That, and The Other” would be the perfect title for my blog.
Do you think that a catchy, “click bait type” title does better or is a blog name that indicates the general purpose of the site more attractive for readers?
I guess that depends upon the nature of the blog and each blogger’s intentions. If the blogger has a specific niche and the blogger is trying to attract others who are interested in that niche, then the blog’s title should probably give prospective readers some clue about that niche. But if, as is the case with my blog, there is no niche, then I’m not sure what the blogger titles his or her blog is that important.
That said, sure, a clever, catchy, or memorable blog title might pique some initial interest on the part of some readers. But it’s the content of the posts, more than the title of the blog, that will keep readers coming back.
Some bloggers have the same user name and blog title. What is your opinion of this? Or, are you one of them? If so, could you share your reason for this?
This blog is my fifth blog and, in all five instances, my blogging pseudonym and blog title have been different. I think it’s relatively rare for a blogger’s user name and blog title to be exactly the same. But I’m fine either way. My philosophy of life and my philosophy regarding what bloggers use for their user names and for their blog titles are the same: whatever floats your boat.