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Why Are Blog Names So Boring?

Posted by: Rob Hof on May 18, 2006

Just ran across Cathode Tan. Even if I didn’t like the posts (and I do), I probably would have subscribed just for the great name. But it got me thinking about how boring most blog names are. I mean, Jeremy Zawodny’s Blog is certainly plenty descriptive, and that’s probably more than sufficient, but I’m a sucker for clever wording. Maybe I’m just used to names like Gizmodo or Buzzmachine by now. And there are a few others whose names I like, such as Sean Ryan’s SharkJumping (though there’s not that much on shark-jumping) and Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed. Am I missing something, or are bloggers just too literal?

Reader Comments


May 18, 2006 9:07 PM

He hasn't posted fer a loooong time, but my fav name ever is ""

Rob Hof

May 18, 2006 11:19 PM

Oh, and this will certainly be a little self-serving, but I do like Blogspotting... though it doesn't beat

Rex Hammock

May 19, 2006 12:02 AM

Or, you could just name your blog something like this one ( ) which is: "A blog doesn't need a clever name" blog.


May 19, 2006 5:38 AM

I quite like "" (but then I know what "to blether" means, it's also explained there).

Then there's "Industrial Technology & Witchcraft" over in Germany, that's a good name.

Or "Complete Tosh", when the author is called Neil McIntosh.


May 19, 2006 5:16 PM

Do you like my name? "Unfinished"?

Chris Yeh

May 19, 2006 7:12 PM

I came up with the name "Adventures in Capitalism" when I started my blog in 2001. I've stuck with it ever since, though some may argue that it doesn't have enough adventures or capitalism!

Rishi Dastidar

May 22, 2006 4:02 AM

And puns and suchlike can be found as well: I labour under the nom de blog 'Being Beta', as the joke is that despite never being complete, one day my writing will get better...


May 23, 2006 12:39 PM

There are blogs with names that are obscure references... do you like those (such as mine: Plato's Beard at E.g: Eschaton, a popular liberal blog. I sometimes wonder if blog names are a little too creative!

Chris Yeh writes that he uses the name "Adventures in Capitalism". That also happens to be the tag line of the Wall Street Journal.


November 7, 2006 2:42 PM

For some websites, the website name, URL and blog names do not reflect the website’s focus. These websites can also have a lot of products and services on offer that are not focused.


November 18, 2006 1:49 PM

I do not think that websites and the website name compulsorily must reflect basic idea or theme

Bruce Smeaton

October 2, 2007 1:14 AM

I couldn't agree more, Rob!

My personal favorite blog name (for a recently banned blog) was the "Ordained Cow Capers" followed closely in second spot with "Sensibly Cautious Frog Tales".

Give me "creativity" ANYDAY!

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