Picking a Blog Name, Part Two
(To read Part One, click here)
After officially abandoning the title Don’t Read This, You’ll Only Encourage Him! I did what any creative guy would do: polled my Facebook friends for steal-able ideas, explaining that I needed a name which represented more than just one side of endlessly intriguing, multifaceted me. Just play along, you know how I can be (or you will soon).
The minute my friend Barb suggested Mitchellaneous (her long-time nickname for me), virtually all of our friends stopped suggesting other titles and threw in with her. “That’s it!” I thought. However, since Mitchellaneous wasn’t as thematically specific as, say, Kenny’s World of Ferrets, I decided to add a subtitle that would indicate the site featured stories with meaningful messages.
I happily began the process of acquiring my URL, but was soon disappointed to learn the name “Mitchellaneous” had been taken by a blog site featuring illegal perversions, including graphic bestiality and child pornography! (Yes, I alerted WordPress, and believe it has since been removed.) There are also a number of other perfectly innocent people using the title, including a Canadian writer named Mitchell Toews who, even though his name is not all that similar to mine, pops up every time I Google my name–which I do every month or two for security reasons (and because I like to see my name in print).
So I reluctantly abandoned using Mitchellaneous as a site title, but as an homage re-labeled my Miscellaneous Category “Mitchellaneous.” Then, disappointed and a little daunted, I went back to the drawing board. What name could I give my blog that was both unique and—new concern—safe? Well…
There was one name that was literally staring me in the face every time I logged on to Facebook or Twitter, or handed my wallet to a policeman…
“No, officer, I’m sure the light was just a very orangey yellow.”
To read Part Three, click here.