Does your blog have a cool name?
What do you think? Do you think Indie Thinkin’ is a cool name for a blog? I hope so. I like it. I especially like the hanging apostrophe indicating a sense of humor or—at the least—a non-formal approach. You know, chillin’ and all dat.
Besides my irreverent nature I think ‘Indie Thinkin’’ might also convey a little of what I like to blog about too, themes which might be summed up under these two headings: Independent Thinking and Independent Publishing.
1. Independent Thinking
One thing I love about the internet is it offers an alternative to the mainstream media. There are a lot of intelligent people out there—writers, freelance journalists, and informed computer chair philosophers—taking the time to report on important world issues. Many such folk do so without the intrenched
bias subjectivity that comes from being edited forced—however much they might or might not try to resist—to propagate a corporation’s opinion. Not all Free Thinkers are conspiracy theorists simple because they offer seldom cited evidence to support seldom presented claims (the brave people behind Remember Building 7 come to mind right now). Similarly though, no man is an island and as such I don’t pretend all my thoughts are original but I do value the opportunity to give voice to ideas which seem sound to me but go unheard by many.
2. Independent Publishing
I’ve had a DIY ethic for a long time. Before independently publishing my first novel this ‘just get on with it’ approach was responsible for me producing three self-penned plays and four original CDs. I didn’t know it at the time but way back in 1990 when I sourced artwork, designers and manufacturers for an ‘Independent Cassette’ (for my then band, Why Not?) I was taking my first steps on the journey of an independent publisher. Even today, as I prepare to press ‘publish’ on this post I am continuing my exploration of what it means to present my work to the world without the need for a complex system between me and…you.
So there it is. A simple breakdown of why this blog is called what it is. But even though I like Indie Thinkin’ enough to have bought the domain name (the url isn’t linked through just yet) that doesn’t mean I didn’t think up a few other names first. After all, making a choice requires options.
Here were some of the other names I considered in my brainstorming:
- Think, Write
- Think n’ Write
- Indiethinkin’ (one word)
- Alternative News Sauce and Alternative Opinion Sauce—even did some mockup art for that one…
As you can see it wasn’t a long list I needed to make before settling on Indie Thinkin’. Maybe though, if I had found this blog name generator before choosing Indie Thinkin’ I could easily have ended up with too many to choose from. Check out these randomly generated blog names:
- Snobby Column (there’s enough of those already)
- Heart Life (as in I ‘heart’ life OR the expiry date of teen romance perhaps?)
- Nude Chronicles (good for a video blog maybe?)
- Bugger Updates (possibly appropriate for a private school boys’ blog)
- Violet Ramblings (my name’s not Violet)
- Geeky Blatherings (don’t know enough about tech stuff)
- Feisty Fantasies (hello hello!)
- Cool Thoughts (if I had enough of those to fill a blog I probably wouldn’t be a blogger considering ‘Geeky Blatherings’ for my blog title)
So how about you? Has your blog got a cool name? Any name at all? Maybe ‘cool’ isn’t the best word? Maybe your blog’s name is memorable, funny, perfectly descriptive or totally irrelevant (and irreverent)?
Feel free to whack a link to your blog in your comment too.