You know what’s the worst? Coming up with feature names or blog/post titles. IT’S THE WORST.
If anybody says that coming up with names for features or blogs is easy, they are fucking lying. Names are never easy.
It never fails to leave me like George Michaels.
(Actual depiction of what happens when I try to brainstorm for feature names.)
The name has to be absolutely perfect, or I absolutely cannot commit to it. My heart knows there’s something better. That, in itself, is a major problem. Why? Well, it takes me ten zillion years (or what seems to be that amount) to find that perfect name. Oh god, just thinking about the pain I went through makes me say no thanks to going through it again.
But alas, that’s not possible. There will always be names to come up with it. Just not possible not to.
TEN STEPS YOU GO THROUGH TO FIND THAT PERFECT FEATURE/BLOG NAME
- STEP 1: Come up with a new feature idea or a blog idea, and need a new name for it.
- STEP 2: Try to think of names or words you like, but fail horribly.
- STEP 3: Start to panic, and try to talk yourself down.
- STEP 4: Wail and cry. Whine about how hard it is.
- STEP 5: Feel an intense pain in your head because you’re thinking too hard about it.
- STEP 6: Regret your decision to hunt for good names.
- STEP 7: Distract yourself with Tumblr or Twitter.
- STEP 8: Ask a friend for help, and suddenly, a name appears to you out of nowhere.
- STEP 9: Get incredibly indecisive because you’re still unsure if it’s the perfect name.
- STEP 10: Repeats step 2-9 all over again a couple of times until you commit to it.
These are the steps I usually go through to find that perfect name. Do you know how many times I wanted to curl up into a ball? Lots. I can’t handle the distress! It’s too much! It happened a lot when I was trying to come up with names for You’re Just My Type, Sincerely Cee, and Holy, Mother Cover! feature. If I don’t find the name, the world is basically doom. (An exaggeration? I don’t think so.)
WHAT HELPS ME FIND A GOOD NAME
- Brainstorming with a buddy.
A REALLY BIG HELP. Whenever I brainstorm, I ask friends for ideas. I do this a lot because I like getting input. Sometimes, words will spark an idea, and that idea will lead to a good name. Other times, the friend comes up with a crappy name that weirdly helps me cross ideas out, or they come up with a brilliant name that they graciously let me have. For instance, with Sincerely Cee: A Letter to Yours Truly, I remember Shelly helping me brainstorm. We bounced around some ideas, but most didn’t work. And out of the blue, we suddenly came up with that feature name. A fabulous joint effort of pain and frustration. Kind of worth it since I was satisfied with what we came up with.
I don’t think I would’ve come up with fucking awesome names if I didn’t have a buddy to bounce ideas with.
- Writing ideas down and letting it stew for a bit.
Having it written down helps in identifying what is the best. I did that a lot as a teenager. I would write down the ideas I had and stare at them until other ideas form. Sometimes, the name needed a few tweaks until I could deem them perfect, so I’d just put off finalizing it until I knew for sure that it was what I wanted.
- Finding words I like and playing with it. Or thinking of puns!
I usually start off thinking of words I like that would fit with the feature or blog idea. Or I think of words I can make a pun out of. You can never go wrong with puns if it’s executed nicely. They can be cute and awesome. (It makes me kind of sad that I didn’t make a name pun blog name, but it’s okay! I have a pun in my header image. ;D) I sometimes look for synonyms of words I like or I mix words around, seeing if they sound good.
- Looking at other feature names or blog titles for inspiration.
And I don’t mean a word for word copy of another blogger’s name. (That is plagiarism.) For example, perhaps I see a blog name or a feature name with a cute pun (like A Cup of Jo), and I think, “fuck, it would be awesome to have a pun in the name.” Then I try to figure out what kind of puns I can make that would fit with my blog or my feature idea. That’s the type of inspiration I’m talking about. Just seeing other names can spark an idea.
- Not thinking about it for a while.
The name will come to you, sooner or later. Don’t think about it. Distract yourself. It weirdly works. When you least expect it, the name will come charging at you and hits you in the face, leaving a deep imprint on the side of it.