Blogging Buddies

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who responded to last weeks post about my proposal regarding supporting people with starting blogging. It seems that there is interest, or at least some people have some questions which they would like answered. I am really sorry not to have got around to you all, but I will try to. These two weeks are supposed to be my ‘holiday’ although I cannot keep away totally 😉

Last week I did say that we would not start until September when everyone (in England) would be back from their holidays and possibly back into some routine (which includes me). There are two weeks until the start of September but for those of you who are starting from scratch there are two things that you need to start thinking about now as they are crucial to the rest. The first of these is what are you going to call your blog? The second is which theme you are going to use?

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So how do you choose a name? This isn’t completely crucial as people do change their names successfully but it is worth some consideration. I know I didn’t find it that easy to finally plump on something. For one, it seems to be such a big thing when you are starting out, so final and  totally important.  When I wrote about this the last time I summarized the points about choosing your name in the following way:

When thinking of a name –

1) think about what you will be writing about (it doesn’t have to be linked but is definitely a good starting point).

2) Check to see if the name is already in use through Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.

3) If you wish to keep your real identity a secret then consider opening an e-mail account under your chosen name.

4) It may also be a good idea to set up a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr account under the same name at the same time. It depends what you think you will use but it saves your name being taken by someone else in the meantime. You do not have to do anything with them to start with.

I still stand by all of this. One of the comments on Twitter last week was that not knowing what to write about was stopping a blog being started.  I can understand this despite my subject matter being pretty clear to me (although it has evolved over time). I started out wondering if I would be able to find enough to write about. Turns out I have more than enough now I have got going!

Two things happened to me today that made me really determined to carry on with this project:

The first was a blog post that I read by an amazing person that I have been following since I started blogging. Running thriver is a truly amazing person. The lengths to which she went to in order to push her body to the limit were inspirational. This was all really in response to an incident in her history that she overcame (or was getting over). Over the year and a bit that I have followed her she has changed a lot. She is now in a happy place and I couldn’t be more pleased for her. I am still filled with admiration for her. She has used her experiences, been very open about them, written about them and is now helping others to ‘survive’ themselves and not just through her blogging. Her post today was a reflection on her journey and a thanks. It was brilliant to read. Blogging has helped her and I have no doubt helped others as well. I just wish I could be so open about some of the events in my own life so I could also maybe help others.

The second incident was a piece on the radio about people being bullied at school. Many of us will have been in that situation but this one bloke was able to put a positive slant on it, looking at how it has helped him as an adult. It made me stop and think about my school life and what I gained from it. It stopped me thinking that it was a part of my life that I would rather forget but a part of my experiences that has now made me what I am today.

All this is my rather long-winded way of saying that we all have had experiences, have skills and knowledge that can help others make sense of their own life. They may not be dramatic as in the Running Thriver but to someone your knowledge, experiences and interests will be helpful and of interest. It is worth writing it down. There are blogs on weight loss, bringing up children, teaching, travel, politics, craft, poetry, music, food. You name it, it will be there. (Google it.) Try searching for blogs about something that interests you – maybe that will help? If you are still stuck I know that WordPress has prompts for you to write about as well as others who provide something similar. Your life will have something interesting to someone out there, even if it highlights how different it is to their own.

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Finally Alanna from Freebleed shared her concerns with me about whether her blog hasn’t got enough focus. (I will reply in detail to you Alanna, I promise) but for now I will say that I recently  I had this panic. I wrote a whole post on it and the feedback was amazing. Basically people said that it is more about me rather than the subject matter. it comes down to relationships. If you are with friends you don’t just talk about the one or two things you have in common do you? You cover a range of subjects and, in a way blogging is similar. Be genuine and true to yourself. That is the best advice I think that I have ever read about blogging.

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For more advice about choosing a name have a look at this.

If you have a blog already how did you choose your name?

If you haven’t yet got one what are you considering? What are your options and what are the reasons behind them? If you share them we can all give you a bit of feedback which may well help with a decision – we will not be at all biased.

If you would like to write a post on your own blog about the story behind your blog name then please share with the link below:

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18 thoughts on “Blogging Buddies

  1. Meanyjar

    When I started blogging the second time round (I had a bit of a wobble the first time and deleted it all), I needed to be anonymous due to the nature of my job. I’m not very imaginative so it ended up being an anagram of my name!

    I read a blogpost similar to yours which really inspired me to just write about what I felt was right for me. I remember reading about a lady elsewhere who had been attacked for making her blog too personal and I had worried about whether there was some kind of blog etiquette! But of course not, my blog, up to me what I share, the people who will read it will probably be people I could relate to and get along with in the real world. I have received wonderful comments, people have said I inspired them or made them not feel so alone with having arthritis, or have given me amazing comments on the things I have made. My blog is me – I write about my crafting, my holidays, my bereavements, my recipes, my experiences. Sometimes I use it to just get stuff off my chest and I let my writing flow – I end up working things out for myself this way!

    I think it’s very generous of you to want to help others start writing – it has obviously helped you along the way and you’re wanting people to have the enjoyment of it by trying to strip the blocks away that people put in front of them! Very admirable! Xx

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    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Ahh that is very kind of you to say. I think annagrams are clever as I don’t have a mind that works in that way at all. I agree with you in that you do find your flow. Starting is the hard part as I guess you found. Thats for commenting. Xx

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  2. Truly Myrtle

    This is going to be fun – I bet some great blogs start because of you 🙂
    Ah, name – it’s tricky. I wanted to use my nickname as a kid but a google search came up with a man in China selling rude objects using the same name. Not so good for me…
    So, Truly Myrtle was born.

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  3. EleanorLucy Millinery

    Your blog has inspired me repeatedly, especially when I got that ‘blogging into the abyss’ feeling since I started Hats=Happiness almost a year ago! The story behind my blog’s name is pretty self explanatory, although I did sum it all up in my first ever post (“The Plan” – I’ve linked in with this post). Joining a blogging community is the best thing I did to give me the motivation and encouragement to keep blogging; varied topic matter can be a double edged sword in that situation I guess unless you join a catchall group. Nonetheless, I really look forward to writing my own blog and seeing what other like minded people have been up to – let’s face it, human beings are naturally and intensely curious (:nosy!!) individuals and blogging is the perfect excuse to indulge ourselves!

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    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Never a truer word said about us humans being nosey. I like to think of us learning from each other. I know i never knew anything about making hats before i read your blog. Xx

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  4. salpal1

    My blog name – well, I did what you said and thought about what I would be writing about. Whatimuptotoday seemed to fit the variety of things I might write about, and so far, it has. I was afraid no one would really care what I am up to today, but it turns out that some folks do.

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  5. Alanna

    Wow, what a great way to put it! (talking with friends about a range of subjects) It definitely feels like a panic sometimes, as I feel I have so many things going on offline and online. I tried to keep a schedule once but that just didn’t work out.
    Never before had I compared my blog to others, but I was starting to do exactly that… It’s a pressure we put on ourselves, especially as women I think, to be perfect. I need to remind myself that being me is good enough!
    Great advice to read blogs that interest oneself. Recently I went through my Bloglovin list and got rid of blogs I never really enjoyed but kept comparing myself to. Now I feel much better!
    Thanks for the great post!

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    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      You are more than enough. There is no point in trying to be someone else – it really won’t work. Some people will not connect but they won’t read so there is nothing lost. It was very brave of you to ‘delete’ blogs but definitely the right thing to do. Good on you. xx

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  6. vickymyerscreations

    I have to admit that my blog flowed from setting up my Etsy shop so inevitable had the same name, so never had the dilemma (I did procrastinate initially about my Etsy name but decided to go for a generic name so if my work evolved over time I did not need to rebrand!). Great advice to set up Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter all at the same time with the same name:)

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  7. Liz

    Another quotation which says the same as your Cat in the Hat, but in a different way, is from Martha Graham, the dancer and choreographer.

    “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

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