Naming a Blog: How I Came Up with a Travel Blog Name & How to Name Yours
Hello! My name is April and I’d like to introduce to you my blog. I know I’ve had it for a while but when I started it I wasn’t quite sure to what to call it. All I knew is that I wanted to start blogging like, yesterday. So I gave it a name I was never quite happy with just to get started. So for all of you naming a blog, here’s how I came up with a travel blog name and how not to make the same mistakes I did.
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Naming a Blog: My First, and Second Travel Blog Names
When I was studying abroad in Chile people often did not understand my first name. This was particularly true of Starbucks employees. If I said it in Spanish (Abril) they asked me to say it in English because I guess people there just don’t name their kids after months (unless your name is Julio (July)).
So one day I thought I would skip the process of saying my name in Spanish and just jump right to English, “April”. Oops. I had to repeat myself but when I got my drink, they had written my name onto the cup as ‘Impo’. Now it could have been worse but it was still pretty funny. After this happened, most of my friends in Chile started calling me ‘Impo’ as a joke and so I named my blog ‘The Adventures of Impo’. I won’t even tell you what my blog was called before that because the first name was super embarrassing.
The Adventures of Impo becomes Just Leaving Footprints
Well it’s been a few years since I wrote this blog post and in 2016 I changed my blog name AGAIN. While I was happy with the name, ‘The Adventures of Impo’ for a while I realized that it didn’t make sense unless I explained where the name came from. This was okay when I was studying abroad in Chile as I was mainly writing for pleasure and to keep friends and family updated on my travels.
Now, however, this blog has transformed into something I am extremely passionate about and work on almost every single day. I love writing so much and since I’ve started I have actually been paid to write a few articles. I decided to call this blog, ‘Just Leaving Footprints’, because I realized what my blog niche was. Not only is this blog about travel, but it’s also about sustainability. My blog name now includes one of my favorite travel quotes ever which is, ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints’.
Advice to New Bloggers that are Naming a Blog
I think the best advice I can give to you if you’re wanting to start blogging and trying to think of a good name is don’t settle. Don’t settle for a blog name you will grow out of. Do not settle for anything cheesy. Definitely don’t settle for anything that doesn’t relate to what you’re going to blog about. Above all don’t settle for a name that is nice now but won’t grow with you, your blog or your brand. Brainstorm for a few days, not a few hours. Maybe even a few weeks. It is possible to change your blog name down the road but from experience I can definitely say I would not recommend it. It’s a hard and tedious process and can confuse your followers quite a bit.
Tips for Brainstorming a New Travel Blog Name
Below are some tips you can use for brainstorming a new travel blog name. Grab a notebook, pen and Thesaurus and get creative while using these tips!
- Write down your first name and travel related words that start with the same letter because alliteration is amazing (see what I did there?). For example, I could have named my blog ‘April’s Adventures’ or ‘April Around the World’.
- Figure out what your travel niche is and come up with a name that suits that. For example I write about Travel and Sustainable Tourism which is why ‘Just Leaving Footprints’ is a really good name for my blog. If you were to write a blog about traveling in winter mainly for skiing, it could be called something like ‘Winter Wanderlust’. (Seriously alliteration is the bomb). Make sure that if you think your niche will change with time (many do) that your name can still account for that. Don’t name your blog ‘Sarah’s Solo Adventures’ if you think you’ll still be blogging when/if you decide to get married/start a family. You will likely end up writing a lot more about family travel in the future if that’s the case.
- Write out your favorite travel quotes and come up with a name that incorporates one of them. I did this with ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints’ to help come up with Just Leaving Footprints.
- Ask yourself what kind of traveler your are. Are you a planner or do you go with the flow? Do you enjoy backpacking or are you hoping to write more about luxury travel experiences? Are you always getting lost or are you good with directions? For example if you get lost easily (like I do) you could name your blog something like ‘Lost with (Your Name Here)’.
Make sure that once you pick a blog name you do a Google search to see if that blog name is already taken or not. If it’s not taken, then I would highly suggest purchasing your own domain name with Siteground. Having your own domain means that your website URL will look like this: yourblogname.com instead of yourblogname.wordpress.com which is a lot more professional. I chose to stop using Bluehost and switch to Siteground because their website speed is way better and they are a lot more helpful.
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