A Q&A with Darla, the blogger at She’s a Maineiac, on how she picked her blog name.
We’ve chatted with a number of bloggers on how they chose their blog names, from Talking Covers to The Goat That Wrote. Today, let’s sit down with Darla, the blogger and mother of two behind She’s a Maineiac.
What’s the story behind your blog name, She’s a Maineiac?
In the beginning, I had no clue what my blog was going to be about. Though I knew I’d occasionally write about my kids, I didn’t want it to be pegged as only a parenting blog. I needed a general name — something that hinted at my slightly wackadoodle New England personality. I happened to see the local ice hockey team, the Lewiston MAINEiacs, on TV, and from there, the name of my blog was born.
Do you have tips for bloggers who want to create a personal online space — not necessarily focused on one niche — but aren’t sure what to name it?
If you’re struggling with a name, I think it’s important to figure out in what basic direction you want your blog to go. What part of your life will you primarily focus on? What image do you want to cultivate? What type of writing style do you have?
Then, try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.
Finding that one succinct and original name can be challenging. (I was close to naming my blog She’s A Montanaiac, but I’m not from Montana!)
Got advice for new bloggers thinking of buying a custom domain name?
Purchasing my own domain name was a big step for me because it felt like my little corner of the internet became more permanent.
Purchasing my own domain name was a big step for me because it felt like my little corner of the internet became more permanent. Plus, like most bloggers, my blog is my baby, so I wanted to protect it.
Knowing that no one else could claim my domain name boosted my confidence as a writer and prompted me to start getting serious about blogging. And by “serious,” I mean having way more fun than should be legally allowed.
Do you use this name elsewhere to promote your blog?
I also use She’s a Maineiac on Twitter and Facebook. At first, I didn’t pay any attention to branding, mainly because I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in with my blog. But the more I wrote and developed a loyal audience, the more my blog’s “persona” developed. My writing evolved into more blunt self-deprecating humor, so I became known as the “plaid-wearing, coffee-drinking, maniac” blogger. It suited me just fine because that is really who I am, so I ran with it.
I think the important thing to remember is no one else out there in the blogosphere is quite like you.
Now, I realize branding is key to getting people to recognize and remember your blog when you’re posting on various social media sites. But I didn’t start out with any master plan: it completely transformed on its own over the first year of blogging.
I think the important thing to remember is no one else out there in the blogosphere is quite like you. Let your true self shine and your blog will grow.
You’ve been blogging on this site for several years now. You’re still happy with this name, then?
Absolutely! I still love my name because it describes my blog perfectly. And this is in spite of the fact I hear the song “She’s a Maniac” from the movie Flashdance playing in my head whenever I see it.
The only thing I’d change is the word “Maineiac” because it tends to be misspelled a lot. I could have stuck a hyphen in there to emphasize I’m from Maine, and not just some loopy blogger who can’t spell. Even though that’s true.
Tip from The Daily Post: Carefully consider your name before buying the domain, and use a tool to see if the name you want is available. If you’re interested in learning more about domains, visit the All About Domains support page, as well as these handy posts:
Thanks for chatting with us, Darla!