Blogging Insights — What’s In a Name Part 2

Blogging insightsThis 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.

11 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — What’s In a Name Part 2

  1. Sadje November 30, 2020 / 6:45 am

    I think your blog name is quite catchy and attract attention. The different variety of posts means that it’s never boring

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  2. Mister Bump UK November 30, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I must admit when I signed up with WP, I didn’t appreciate that there was a difference between a blog name and a user name. In fact, the only reason mine are slightly different is because I wanted to see how each was used.

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    • Marleen November 30, 2020 / 9:36 am

      Well… and there is what’s up at the top of the screen on the home page, and possibly something different in the address bar (if that’s correct terminology) for that same page — I wouldn’t call both of those the/a title* or blog name — they… in addition to the user name.

      Up until now, meanwhile, I’m pretty sure I’ve called the user name the person’s blogging or blogger or (sometimes) blog name; possibly “blogging” or “blogger” name is okay, but “blog name” is not proper wording for that. I’d have a lot to sort out if I were to start a blog of my own.

      * (I certainly could be wrong)

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      • Fandango November 30, 2020 / 10:23 am

        My user name: Fandango
        My blog’s name: This, That, and The Other
        My blog’s address (URL): fivedotoh.com

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        • Marleen November 30, 2020 / 11:27 am

          Thanks, Fandango

          ~~~

          People are so confused. I just (a few minutes ago) read someone calling user names their email address (as if he didn’t know he could choose something else or, if I offer a generous interpretation, as if using an email address is obviously the most normal thing to do).

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  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel November 30, 2020 / 9:02 am

    I totally agree that in the end “whatever floats your boat” is important.

    Both your user name and blog title are quite intriguing and it was good to know the story behind them.

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  4. Marleen November 30, 2020 / 9:43 am

    I found your user name (pseudonym) to seem friendly, adding a sense of camaraderie to the simpatico content of your comments at another person’s blog. I didn’t know your blog’s name/title when I first visited here.

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  5. Melanie B Cee November 30, 2020 / 10:03 am

    I’ve carried my blog TITLE over several years and sites, but you’re absolutely correct. The ‘name’ part changes. At certain times it wasn’t very prudent to share my name with the community I was involved in, or I wanted more anonymity. Now-a-days I don’t mind being me within reason. Yes, your blog is very eclectic. “This, that and the other” is perfect!

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  6. leigha66 December 8, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    When I started I wasn’t sure what to do different with blog name and blogger name. I actually had to look and see if they were the same, and they are slightly different. I think about starting over on a new blog sometimes, but I had to abandon all I have written here. Maybe I am just due for an update. These were a good group of questions and answers.

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