Wednesday, January 11

What's in a name?

My blog was named back in 2006 when the aim and focus was completely different. Back then it was a communal blog just to inform plot holders. So it was just called 'Green Lane Allotments'.

When I decided that I wanted to make the blog more personal I wanted to keep it recognisable to the Followers that I had started to attract and so I rather unimaginatively renamed the blog, 'Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments'.
When I started adding posts about our garden, I continued the unimaginative trend and added a '& Our Garden in Ossett' tag.
Lots of my fellow Bloggers have given such interesting names to your blogs. Even Martyn, (I'll get some comments from him about the 'even' bit) has a much more interesting and appropriate name for his blog.

Let's face it, my title would hardly inspire anyone to take a look. I think the time has come to consider a new name but if I do will it confuse things. Obviously the Url will remain the same and I can leave it's official blog name the same but a more inspiring new name on the title banner shouldn't cause a problem should it?

My thinking cap is on and I am open to any suggestions but be warned that I reserve the right to delete any rude suggestions.

19 comments:

  1. Hi, Sue, some random thoughts .... I don't know how many of your viewers are in the US as compared to the UK, but in the US "plot" and "allotment" have commonly-used different meanings not connected with gardening. I found your blog from some other UK gardener's blog list. No, that's wrong, I found Martyn's first, gardening and weather, my two loves. So here's what I like to see in a blog title: place and focus. For you I think gardening and photography are your main topics. Ossett, Yorkshire is your place. Prosaic is fine if it is meaningful. Ossett is very catchy, though. Where in the heck is that? people would think, and out of curiosity look at the blog. "A Look (photography) at Ossett (place). "The Nature of Ossett." "Looking at the Land (nature and gardening) of Ossett". You get the idea.

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    1. Somehow I keep thinking of Ossett and the Wizard of Oz."Over the Rainbow in the Land of Ossett".

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    2. The different uses of the words is very interesting, Jane. One of the problems is that most of what I write about is nothing to do with Ossett. Only our house and garden are in Ossett. Our allotment is in Horbury the next small town. As for my photography it could be anywhere.

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  2. This is the trouble with blogs and names. How often have I looked at a blog title and thought "darn, I wish I'd thought of that". I've abandoned one blog {Tales from a Celtic Heart} because my intentions strayed and now I feel they are straying again on the current one which I changed last year! Personally, I like the words Green Lane Allotments {agree with the previous comment though, about international differences} and 'Ossett' just says Merry Olde England to me ~ I half expect to see the Weasleys or a Hobbit peeking around the corner of your shed! Current trends might suggest "A Peek at Ossett" or "A Glimpse of Ossett" or "Ossett Through the Lens" ~ so many variations on a theme, so maybe a brainstorming sheet is in order?
    Good luck!

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    1. I feel as though I have strayed too, Deborah and that the title no longer really reflects what I write about.

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  3. I'm hopeless at thinking up clever names. I do rather like your existing name though, it's such a pretty and apt name for an allotment site. I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    1. Green Lane is an apt name for the allotment site, CJ but I don't really think it's an apt title for most of the subjects on my blog. It's sort of implies that the allotment is the only thing I write about.

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  4. I am just in the process of revamping and renaming my blog, it is a little nerve racking. Watch this space!

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    1. I look forward to seeing how your blog ends up, Brian.

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  5. Hmmmmm....you have me thinking about the title of my blog now! Personally, I like your name, it gives a good indication of what your blog is about...maybe add a few more "greens" given how prolific you two are. "Our green, green plot at Green Lane allotments." Oh...now I'm thinking of that Tom Jones song! I shall have to think on it.....xxx

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    1. I hope that you have managed to get Tom Joness out of your head by now, Dina :-)

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  6. Oh golly. As you know I struggled with the same dilemma but after so many years, my blog is just what it's called and people know it. I think it's risky to change it now, but that's just me.
    How about a wee blog face lift instead? That's what I ended up doing and now it feel fresher and I want to be there more xxx

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    1. I do very regularly tweak the design, Carrie . The tweaks up probably more subtle than you would notice but I like as it is because it suits me. It was just that I thought the name didn't truly reflect what the blog was about.

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  7. Sometimes I think to change my blog name too. But I'm afraid to do this, because people know my blog as it was named 6 years ago.
    However I like your blog name, Sue.

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    1. I suppose the moral is not is, Nadezda to think carefully about the name before you name your blog.

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  8. I'm usually attracted to the name of a blog and like get a picture of what it is about from the name. I've never been really happy with my blog name, but had to think quickly as my daughter was setting it up for me. My blog is about the garden, the allotment, visits to other gardens, walking, days out, recipes, sometimes the family. Perhaps one day I'll change it.It's tricky isn't it?

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  9. I was intrigued to read the comments on this post, Sue. I've been mulling over the same problem as my blog is so far removed from the veg growing early days. I've come up with many names over christmas, any of which would be great but, like you, I don't want to confuse people - or put off people who come looking for food growing posts and find flowers instead!

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    1. It's tricky isn't it, Caro? I think I would need a name as long as my arm to describe the blog accurately and people seem to like the present name better than I do!

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