Choosing a name for a blog is one of the most problematic early obstacles in the creation of a blog. It is a pain felt by many writers time and again, but deciding on an article or post title is nothing when compared to an all-encompassing blog title. Let me assure you that naming your blog isn’t impossible. In fact, if you already have an idea what you want to write about it can be quite easy. When it comes to naming your blog, most of the trouble comes from self-censoring. If you step back and take a look at your blog’s general topic, a title may jump out at you.
What is your topic?
“I don’t really have a topic,” you might say. Not to over simplify, but this can be solved by asking yourself two questions. What do you know? What are you passionate about? It’s that simple.
The bottom line is that everybody has knowledge that can benefit others. Whether you have a PhD or never graduated high school, there is bound to be something of which you have unique knowledge or perspective. Perhaps you can toilet train pets or you’re a trained getaway driver; there is something that you can write about. Don’t forget that a lack of knowledge can also make for a great blog. A blog about learning to work on cars would likely be of great interest to a lot of people.
There are also plenty of blogs about things people are passionate about. In fact passions tend to lead to some of the most active blogs. For example, there are literally tons of fashion blogs, car blogs, tech blogs and anything in between. Think about your passions. Are you up before dawn and on the lake? Do you enjoy tinkering with your kit car in the garage every weekend? Maybe you crochet constantly? The things you enjoy doing are usually things that you would enjoy writing about.
Based on your chosen topic, what could you name your blog?
Now that you know what you want to write about, the rest of the process is easy. When it comes to naming your blog, you should choose a name that is relevant to the topic, but isn’t too vague. Generally, the shorter and more unique your chosen name the better, but this isn’t always the case. For example, a blog about building a kit car in your garage called simply “car blog.” Is that relevant? Yes. Is it the best title? Not really, it could stand to be more unique. Something like “Joe’s Weekend Kit Car Factory” would be better.
What do other people think?
Once you have a couple of potential titles, ask people you know what they think. If you use Facebook maybe try polling your friends list or you can just do it the old-fashioned way. You might find out that your friends and family really like a title that you were unsure of, but didn’t like your favorite title. Additionally, use a tool to check available domains. Whether you are buying your own domain and hosting or you plan to use a free service, most places offer some type of tool to do this. There is nothing worse than finding the perfect title only to find that the name is already taken.
There you have it, three steps to the perfect title: Choose a topic, define the topic, and poll the audience. When you use these three steps to create a title, it doesn’t seem so complex does it? Just remember, a good title is one of the best assets your future blog can have.