A few people have asked me why this blog is called Seaside Belle. It's a long time since I came up with the name, but I do remember it taking me a while to come up with a suitable moniker.
In the end, I chose something that reflects where I live and what inspires me: the seaside. And to add a personal element, I chose the word belle. Belle means beautiful lady. Now, I'm not saying I'm necessarily a supermodel, and the content of the blog is not about beauty in the physical sense, but it's a lot about becoming a more beautiful person in terms of self-improvement, knowing your worth and being the best you can be.
Naming a blog is not an easy task and there are several considerations:
- Think about the content of the blog and whether your blog name reflects this.
- Check the name is not already in use. You can do this with a simple search on Google or you can go to a domain name registration site, such as GoDaddy, and simply type in your name. It's also worth doing a quick check on some of the social media sites to see if anyone is already using your preferred name. The last thing you want is to register a domain and then find you can't use it on Twitter. This actually happened to me so my Twitter name is less than ideal: @seasidebelle1 rather than the simple @seasidebelle.
- Keep the name short enough to be used on social media channels, like Twitter
- Think about how people will type your blog name into a search engine. You might come up with a really clever play on words, but will that mean that people can't find your blog because they type in the wrong spelling. For example: rightblog/writeblog.
- For the same reason, you should be wary about using numbers. If your blog name is two become three: will your audience type in 2 or two (or even to or too)?
- Try not to limit yourself. Even though a lot of my blog content is about being a mum and parenting, I knew I wanted my blog to last a long time and I didn't want to be tied down to being a 'mummy blogger', so I was definitely sure that I didn't want the term 'mum' to appear in the title.
How did you come up with the name for your blog? What considerations influenced your choice?