Sunday, 29 May 2016

Why I named my blog Seaside Belle

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:

  1. Think about the content of the blog and whether your blog name reflects this.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep the name short enough to be used on social media channels, like Twitter
  4. 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.
  5. 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)?
  6. 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?


  1. Mine is Ink Spots and Grass Stains. Ink spots because I write, grass stains because the outdoors is an important part of my life, and the whole because in creative family mess you're not going to stay clean! And that pretty much sums up my blog and my life.

  2. I like the mix of indoors and outdoors you've captured with your blog name too.