I wanted to start a blog for years before I finally bit the bullet and launched my mental health blog in 2017. I let tons of stupid things stand in my way and looking back on it a lot of those things didn’t freaking matter. One of those things was picking a title for my blog. I’m bad at making decisions so committing to a name for my blog was really overwhelming. When I finally decided on a blog name I went to register the domain and it was taken. At the spur of the moment, I ended up picking a different name for my blog. I wasted weeks deliberating on a name when in the end it really didn’t freaking matter.
Work out all the details of your blog before you pick a name. Figure out what the purpose of the blog is, what topics you’re going to write about and even figure out your first 20-30 post titles. You can signup for my free Blog Blueprint below to help you figure out all the details of your new blog. If you can’t think of 30 things you want to write about related to your blog topic you should go back to the drawing board. Once you have your blog details figured out go ahead and write a detailed avatar. Your avatar is a fictional person that represents your audience. Make your avatar really specific. Give them a name. Are they married? Do they have kids? Figure out what their biggest struggles are in life right now and how you can address them on the blog. Once you have a really clear idea of what your blog is about and who it is for it’ll be easier to come up with a name for your blog.
Write down as many names as you can think of. Don’t worry if the ideas are good or bad, just try to get down as many names as you can. Once you have a good sized list you can narrow it down to your top three. You can ask for other peoples opinions if that’s helpful but take it with a grain of salt. My friends and family advised against picking the names that I ended up using for both of my blogs. It can be helpful to get some second opinions but ultimately you need to pick one that feels authentic to you. You should also refer back to the avatar you created and see if the name would be appealing to them.
Give yourself a deadline and stick to it. Spending more time making a decision doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to make a better choice. When the date comes go register your domain name, pay for hosting and get freaking cracking (I recommend BlueHost). The thing with blogging is that it takes time to get traction and build an audience. The sooner you start the better. Seriously, the biggest mistake I ever made blogging was not starting sooner. If you want to start a blog don’t let anything get in your way. Start getting content up right away. You can checkout my Cheap Ass Guide to Starting a Blog.
In the end, your blog name really doesn’t matter. If you have the perfect name but useless or poorly thought out content no one is going to read your blog anyway. The quality of your content matters way more than the name. If you can put together information on your blog that is actually useful and helps people solve their problems the name becomes irrelevant. If you’ve been dragging your feet about starting your blog I urge you to just get freaking started.