Blog names can be the single most important part of your new blog. How do you come up with the best blog name for you? Great tips for beginner bloggers here.
I've always been a storyteller. You can ask anyone who has known me since little on. So it isn't too surprising that as a young stay-at-home mom of a 2-year old, I'd consider starting up a little blog.
On May 6, 2009, I sheepishly posted a cute picture of my sweetie for all the world to see on a wonky site I built by myself. I had no idea what I was going to write about, but after years of being a blog reader, I finally decided I wanted to try writing one of my own.
The final hurdle? You can't launch a blog without a name.
I wanted to attempt to keep some privacy. As I considered blog names, I knew immediately that using any of our real names was out of the question.
As a young mom, the most important thing to me was my little girl. My toddler daughter was the center of my whole world. Since pregnancy on, we affectionately called her "the Peanut." I thought it would be fun to use that as inspiration for the blog name since I knew I'd be sharing a lot about our time together at home.
When I thought about the coming years, I knew the blog would cover a crazy time of growth for our family. I wasn't yet pregnant with Little Pea but knew we wanted more kids.
Watching my daughter's lightspeed growth, the word "Blossom" came to me.
I named this site Peanut Blossom because I thought it captured the idea that this space covers how we would grow together.
Little did I know just how true that would be.
I've had so much fun with both of my babies. Raising them has inspired plenty of lessons I've shared here on my blog:
- Capturing the joy of childhood for them encouraged me to improve my photography. You can literally see my growth over the last 10 years.
- Feeding them day in and out taught me so much about family-friendly cooking I ended up writing two cookbooks for kids.
- Reading with them introduced me to amazing children's books and inspired me to launch a book club for moms who want more than just picture books in their lives. Our group now has over 7,000 members!
- Making our home special for them at each holiday pushed me to try fun crafting and sewing. Have you seen my viral Christmas ornament video??
- Traveling with them inspired me to look for family-friendly shortcuts to make the trip easier. I just recently launched a brand new blog just to write more about that.
My world is richer and more colorful with my daughters in my life. I would not be who I am today without them.
Every post on this site was inspired by them in some way or another. Over the last ten years, we've all blossomed in ways I could never have imagined back in 2009.
Do blog names have to tell you exactly what the sites are about?
So many blogging friends that started around the same time have renamed their blogs and updated their branding as they grew into more professional spaces.
In the last year, I toyed with the idea of changing my blog name to be something clearer and less vague. I've come a long way in the last ten years, should my blog name reflect that?
My seasoned advice for the best blog names for new blogs:
Friends often ask me for advice on how to come up with the best blog names for a new site. Here are the main things you should consider before settling on a new blog name:
- Practice sharing the name with strangers: The very best part of blogging for me has been meeting other bloggers at conferences and meet-ups. They get to know you by your blog name. You will have to say it again and again and again, out loud to perfect strangers. If you don't feel comfortable with that, pick a different name.
- Keep it relatively short: You'll want to grab your new blog name's social media handles on all the different platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) Keep your name short so it doesn't use too many characters.
- Make it memorable: If you introduced your name to a stranger, could they remember it by the time they got home to their computer? Or if they want to mention you to a friend a few weeks from now?
- Ensure it is unique: Google your potential name. What comes up? This was the biggest mistake I made! I totally didn't realize my blog name was a cookie recipe! Is someone else already using your name? Come up with something different.
- Make it easy to spell: Don't get clever with a common word with a funky spelling. If you want people to find you and read what you share, they need to be able to type your name into Google easily.
- Make it relevant: It is super helpful to have a plan for what you want to write and have your name match the topic. I started blogging not really knowing what I would write. I kept the name fairly vague on purpose. While it has offered me great flexibility in what I write over the years, it is now a bit of a challenge to explain myself to new friends.
So am I going to change my blog name after all?
I gave this considerable thought over the last few months. In the end, I decided that while other blog names may be able to tell you directly about what you will find within these pages, "Peanut Blossom" tells you everything you really need to know about my girls and me.
I've been blogging for 10 years and I'd love to do it for 10 more. Who knows where we'll go from here! At least my blog name will keep up with us.
But isn't Peanut Blossom a cookie??
Funny enough, if you're on my site looking for a cookie recipe? It may not be what I'm about, but I've still got you covered.
It took 10 years to finally get to it, but I finally have the best peanut blossom cookie recipe in the world right here.
And if you'd like to take a peek at the very first blog post that launched this site, you can still see that too. I just don't have the heart to tweak it, so you will find it completely unedited and in all of its shy glory right here.