Blogging 101: Say Your Name
Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline. Make your readers’ first impression a good one!
You set your blog’s address when you registered at WordPress.com, but your blog’s title — what readers see on your site when they visit — can be changed at any time. Today, let’s make sure you love yours.
Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.
If you’re already thrilled with your title or you want to do more, feel free to publish a post, too! Let readers know what inspired your title and tagline, or, If you need want writing inspiration, take a look at today’s prompt.
Last night when I saw today’s Say Your Name assignment arrive in my inbox, my first instinct was just to keep my blog’s current title – from the sticks to the bricks and back again. I’ve grown attached to it over the last year.
When my friend Sam challenged me to start my own blog, I surprised her when I said if you can come up with a title, I will do it. I explained that during two years of journalism classes what I hated the most was coming up with a title for articles. I actually loved the classes, the interviewing, and the writing. It was the succinctness the title required that challenged me – ironically most days I can say on twitter what I need to say in 140 characters or less.
Throughout the day Sam and I emailed titles and comments back and forth first just between the two of us and then I included two friends who worked in the marketing department of the firm I was working for at the time. When someone came up with an idea we would poll the others. By the end of the day, the four of us (Sam, Jennie, Linda and I) had settled on from the sticks to the bricks and back again.
Had I known, I would need a tagline that would have been part of my negotiations, come up with a title and tag line and I will start writing a blog. So for the last thirteen months, my tagline has been – A fine WordPress.com site.
For a moment I considered changing the title since I would be changing my tagline. It is not like I have developed a large following for my blog in the last year – not complaining just stating the obvious. I decided to mull it over and not rush into anything. Again, I’m just stating the obvious because rushing into a decision is just not part of my procrastinator’s mindset. Then a fellow blogger enrolled in Blogging 101 with me commented on my first day’s post – they liked my blog’s title and found it intriguing. That reaffirmed my first instinct to stick with the original title.
The title from the sticks to the bricks and back again is a reference to my life’s journey – growing up in the sticks, moving to the city and then back to the sticks. To be more accurate it probably should be back again and again.
So what should my tag line be?
- cautionary tales of a work-in-progress
- musings of a work-in-progress
- amazing, amusing musings of a work-in-progress
- amusings of a work-in-progress
- amuzings of a work-in-progress (a play on amazing and amusing musings)
- CAUTION: work-in-progress
For now, I am going with: musings of a work-in-progress. I may change my tagline every day to see what it feels like. At the end of the week, I will make a final decision. Share your thoughts on my tagline in the comments and help me decide.