What’s in a blog name?

When I started my blog, way back when, it was only ever meant to be a book review blog.  A place to share thoughts and vent, with never any expectation that other people would ever actually read what I’d written.

I came upon the name Bookboodle by using one of these random name generator websites and, so far, it’s stuck across all my social media sites too.

However, I’ve extended my blog posts to include baking, national trust visits and life in general posts, which all have been ticking along quite nicely.  And now I have a new hobby of knitting so will be posting about that too.

I recently blogged about having (or more pointedly not having) Pinterest or Instagram (you can see that post here).  I’m not going to bother with Pinterest but am 75% sure I’m going to have a go at Instagram.  But before I register for an account, do I change my blog name, keep it as it is, should Instagram be in my name or the blog’s? What does everyone else do?

So my question today is, does it still matter that my blog is called Bookboodle – should I change it to more about me and my name or something else personal?  Does it really matter, does anyone really care apart from me?

Would welcome your thoughts! 🙂

6 Comments

  1. 3rd May 2018 / 8:08 am

    I think your blog name should be something you love. It’s like naming a child, you’re going to be saying it over and over again and you don’t want to start thinking, “why oh why did I choose that!?”! ‘damppebbles’ was a recurring joke between me and the hubby so I couldn’t have called my blog anything else. It’s your blog Lindsay, so if you want to change it that’s your call, lovely. (Btw, all of my social media accounts are damppebbles.) X

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      3rd May 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Emma, that’s great advice! Useful to know that all your SM sites are under the one name too. My thinking was that if they all had the same name, they’d be easier to find and be consistent x

  2. 3rd May 2018 / 8:29 am

    I think maybe ask yourself what would happen if you changed your blog name? Would you change your URL too? I have seen blog names different to URLs. If you changed domain names then the URL that links to Bookboodle would no longer be active so all those years of posts wouldn’t be found. Even though you would have the posts under the new blog name domain name, the links to Bookboodle would be non-existent. If you changed your domain name then you could still actively post your archive with free plugins (I use Revive Old Posts) so your content could still be seen.

    If you decided you wanted to keep Bookboodle you could change your social media accounts to your own name.

    If you’re thinking of a fresh start then a re-brand could be fab. Go for it. We still love you 😀

    Can’t wait to hear what you decide!

    ps Coincidentally, I’ve recently had a chat with Kate about IG. I’m going to try to post more (probably only once a week now!) as I must admit, I do love the communities on IG (rather than Twitter or FB).

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      3rd May 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Yeah that’s a good point well made actually Shaz, especially as I’m not long self-hosted. I don’t really want to be paying out more money on changes.

      I’m keen now to have a go with Instagram and see how I get on. I’m just not great at taking photos and can lack patience :/

  3. 3rd May 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I think Bookboodle would still work even if you talk about things which aren’t book-related. The “boodle” bit makes me think of “caboodle” which to me means a load of stuff – so your blog could feature anything! As long as you don’t stop blogging about books entirely… in which case you might have a problem 😉

    I like bookboodle! It’s easy to remember for a start 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      3rd May 2018 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks! I’d never actually thought about caboodle, and the mixing with books. I can’t even lay claim to that myself but I like it 🙂

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