A year and a half before I started blogging here, I began blogging in a remote corner of the blogosphere that only about 6 people knew about. I didn’t know squat about blogging. I just wanted to document the stories of my struggles with infertility and how my children became my children.
I didn’t land on Blogger or WordPress or Typepad or LiveJournal, but I did, in that remote corner, begin writing my thoughts for others to read. That original, outlying blog didn’t get its name until a couple of years later, after I discovered the ALI community. Here’s its naming story.
I didn’t know squat about blog names. I wanted a moniker that symbolized resilience, of victory over hardship. And if it could have “blog” in the title, well that would be swell.
Hey! I sat upright in bed one night. Weebles wobble and they don’t fall down. That’s me! My whole life I’d had things tipping me over but each time I had righted myself and been victorious over the tipping mechanism. Bonus that “wobble” and “blog” share a sound.
I settled on Weebles Wobblog at the start of 2006. I eventually moved to Blogger in 2007 and to WordPress in 2010.
And I blogged merrily in relative obscurity for nearly 700 posts. And then…
~~~ Dah dah DAHHHHHHH (cue ominous music) ~~~
…then I got a cease and desist order. From a lawyer representing a toy company. Seems that my little blog here might interfere with its ability to sell egg-shaped thingies with faces. Or it just has to protect what it has staked out as its territory.
I didn’t know squat about territoriality. You can see now that when I say that a funny thing happened on the way to (naming) this blog, I don’t mean funny haha.
After looking at many options, which included pointing out that many companies pay GOOD MONEY to mommybloggers to drop their names all over the Internet, and after consulting some very wise people, I’ll be renaming this blog. The new name? I don’t know yet.
- Not too long. I can’t tell you what that is in words or characters, but I’ll know too long when I see too long, and I’ll know just right when I see just right.
- Must be spellable. Each time I tried to spell w-e-e-b-l-e-s-w-o-b-b-l-o-g for someone (hi, Mom!), it was exhausting with the the double letters and the made-up word.
- Not too narrow. I don’t write just about perfect moments. I don’t write just about open adoption or parenting. I need an umbrella wide enough to cover everything that I write about and — here’s the kicker — what I might write about in the future.
- Ideally, it would be a catchy title. My sister, Tami, has a blog called MommyMeansWell. I love that because it’s a double entendre : parenting intentions AND the idea that moms can be well and fit.
Because I’m paranoid about a nefarious person taking my name idea out from under me (receiving a cease and desist order will do that to you) I am asking you to submit your idea(s) via this form which I’ll see but the worldwide web won’t.
The winner will get either a $25 credit to use with Plaid House Designs (which is going to prevent my changeover from becoming a kamikaze mission) or a $25 gift certificate to Amazon. Winner’s choice. You can make your suggestion anonymously if you’d prefer to retain your lurking status and if you don’t care about the prize.
I’ve got to move on this, so I’ll be collecting ideas through October 15. Put on your thinking cap this week and click on this form.
See how resilient I am?