I think I picked the wrong name for my blog.
This post got its birth from this one over at The Jackie Blog. If you’re too lazy to click the link, it’s all about the author’s struggle to have her blog higher in the Almighty Listings of Google. Which got me thinking.
What do people get when they search for the term “novel journeys?”
And so I embarked on the journey that has culminated in this post. I figured it was time for something a bit different than a rant on all things book related. Also, this post is relatively short, which is good because I have an essay due next week that I really need to start, plus all those books (I’m still on The Two Towers).
I used Google for this, because it’s the logical choice (really, does anyone really use Yahoo or Bing?). It’s the one I use all the time. So, I typed in the search term. Perhaps not surprisingly, the first link that popped up was the home page for this blog. But Google knows that I go there all the time. Of course it would put that first. So I scrolled down a bit and got…
This. A travel agency. For vacations to places where books took place. Interesting? Yes. But I don’t want my blog to be found by people looking for a vacation. But then I actually looked at the vacations. Don Quixote, Anna Karenina- okay. I can deal with this. It’s fine sharing my name with one-
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true. My blog shares a name with more than one book-related travel company. Except this particular one deals with one series in particular. Twilight.
Don’t get me wrong- I liked Twilight. I did. But the series has a lot of haters. Plus, I don’t specialize in Twilight. If anything, I specialize in The Hunger Games, with Harry Potter at a close second.*
I guess there really is nothing new under the sun. At least not in terms of blog names. Here I was, coming up with this clever double-meaning (but in a good way) name that would become my way of launching into the blogosphere. And here it is, already taken by countless other things.
Does that mean it’s a bad name? Not in my book. So it’s not completely original. Did I really expect it to be in the first place? In the days of its infancy, when I was coming up with usernames and domains, did I think I had something special- especially when that something was such a simply brilliant thing?
I suppose this is a learning experience for me. I mean, there really are no new stories, either- just new ways of telling them. So even though the name of my blog isn’t unique in this world, the content is. I am unique. So are my posts. The title doesn’t make it any less valuable to me. And that goes for my books as well. They’re going to be similar to other things, sure, but in the end it’s all my own.
Well, I suppose that’s it for now. I’d better go work on my essay. On Tuesday I’ll be posting my contribution to the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain, so tune in for that.
*And now I really want a travel agency with Potter-themed tours…can someone research that for me?