I’m still an awkward adolescent in the adult world of blogging, but I thought I was doing just fine until I joined a social-media hop organized by Raimey Gallant. The hop had about 400 of us writers and artists agreeing to follow each other’s blogs, Facebook fan pages, Twitter accounts and the like to boost our online audiences and make connections.

As I started following these other blogs, though, I couldn’t help comparing mine to theirs.  One thing I noticed right off the bat. Many of these blogs had clever and intriguing names. Okay, Raimey’s blog is her name, but she has a cool-sounding name!

I mean, “Updates from Pam McGaffin” wouldn’t be so bad if I had a different name like . . . Margaret Atwood.

Or maybe I cut the word “updates” because there isn’t much to update. I’ve got one and a half unpublished books if you count my very rough, two-thirds-done first draft of Novel 2. And I’m still waiting on at least one agent and one small press who have asked to read the full manuscript of “The Leaving Year.” So, yeah, still no news.

But . . . okay, here’s an announcement: THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR! If I can’t find an agent and/or (traditional) publisher, I will go the indie, non-traditional route. This novel will fledge in 2017, meaning I’ll start the actual process toward publication. MARK MY WORDS.

Hm, that’s not a bad blog title.

I tried to come up with something better than “Updates from . . .” when I started my blog a year and a half ago. Since my first novel is about the daughter of a missing fisherman, I played around with combining nautical and writing terms. For reasons now lost to me, I also got caught up in some cooking/creativity symbolism.

The result of this brainstorming was the two notebook pages you see above. There are some good ideas in there, I think. Also some bad and ugly.

First the good, as in I kind of like them:

  1. IN OTHER WORDS
  2. GRIST
  3. HOOK AND LINE
  4. CATCH-ALL
  5. HUNT AND PECK
  6. LIFELINES
  7. TALESPINNING
  8. WRITE NOW

The bad, as in I can’t imagine what was going through my head:

  1. CLEANING THE FILTER
  2. CARP
  3. BLOGGY DOGGY
  4. MILD MUSE
  5. NOODLES
  6. WORD SWILL or is it WORDS WILL?

The ugly, as in gag:

  1. LET’S WRITE BOOKS
  2. DEEP THOUGHTS

Now I see that there are entire websites devoted to helping bloggers come up with unique names. Just Google “blog n” if you’re curious. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but that may be next.

What do you think? Do I need a name change? Do any of the ideas listed above make you want to read my blog and tell your friends? Lay it on me straight and/or cast your vote. And if you’re the author of one of the blogs I’m now following, share how you came up with your name.  I’d love to hear from you.