A rose is still a rose, right?Wrong.
The name that you choose for your blog will essentially become the name that people solely see you representing. So if your blog is called "Mommy with Leggos," you better like Legos and you had better be a Mom who likes blogging/writing/talking and living the Mommy life. Or else you will be faced with the hard to make decision of "Should I stay in this Niche?" "Or should I go?"
There are no definitives in life, so I am not saying that choosing the wrong name is the blogger Black hole of death. I am saying that there are some people that do not even know bloggers by their real names, just their blog names. So make sure that you choose something that you love and frankly can live up to.
Do not call yourself classy when you have a touch of ratchet in you that comes out 3 or 4 times a day, specifically in your blog posts and social media rants. #NoteToSelf
Here are a few ways to help you create your "moniker:"
1. Take some time with a pen and paper and do a "brain dump." That means to put everything about YOU on a piece of paper, not in any particular order and fill up the paper. You can do this in two sessions, but do it before you get that URL.
2. Ask About Me. Ask people who know you to tell you who they believe that you are.
3. Check out what you talk about when you don't care. Look at the social media platform that you are most active on, survey it for the past six months and see what patterns that you discuss on your own volition regularly. Is it wine, fashion, leggos?
4. Decide what you are going to blog about and why. Is this a business blog or a lifestyle blog? Or both? What products do you see yourself selling or sharing?
5. Don't feel the need to make a decision too hastily. It is better to have a name that you can really live with, versus one that sounds "cute" at the time.
6. Be timeless. Do not choose a trendy word to describe yourself, such as "TurnUpQueen.com" Eventually this will make you look like a pair of Cross Color Jeans (played) and because it only describes who you were for a few months, will not serve you.
7. Use Namechk.com Look at your name and see if you can get the URL, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook Fan Page with the same name. It helps when people can identify you across all platforms. I use a free service called Name Check, here is the link!
P.S. And do not forget to get your own regular url with just your name. If all else fails, you can always be you-and that's HOT!
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I Just Blog, Sharelle D. Lowery Digital Strategist & Editor-in-Chief Check me out on Twitter @ClassySharelle