However, there are a lot of ways to brainstorm for an excellent title name. Some things to consider:
What is your mission?
Do you want to teach something, or to chart your own progress? Are you focusing specifically on one topic or being more general?
Who is your audience?
Are you marketing just towards Goths, or towards alternative types in general? Young people or older ones? What are their interests, what do they need from you?
What is your tone?
Both your mission and your audience affect your tone, but when you imagine your future posts what do you imagine them being like to read? Cheerful? Authoritative? Contemplative?
What is your name?
Okay, that's a pretty obvious question, but have you considered using it in your title?
What do you do?
Are you a student, a professor, a lawyer? Is this likely to manifest in your blog as a theme?
What do you like?
Okay, yeah, Goth is probably one of them, but what else? Think food, animals, fabrics, historical eras, books and movies, articles of clothing, areas of study, and anything else! If you like it, chances are you can make a name with it.
Then, you have to take these aspects of you and turn them into a name. There are a couple of options that prove pretty popular:
Adjective Noun - This is a pretty basic one, and can prove excellent for showing at a glance what you and your blog are all about.
Article Adjective Noun - A variation on the basic title makes it seem a bit more specific and, therefore, official.
Noun and Noun - This is a good way to incorporate what you like into your blog title without complicating it. Unless you want to complicate it by adding adjectives to the nouns, of course.
Subject's (Adjective) Noun - Like the previous option, this offers a glimpse into your interests in blogging and what your blog is all about.
Other possible options that I don't have many examples for?
- Verb(ing) Noun
- Pronoun's (Adjective) Noun
- Interjection (Adjective) Noun
Then, of course, you want to embellish it your title by sprucing up the words and symbols you're using. Here are a few embellishments to think about for your blog title:
- Words in other languages
- Accents on letters
- Intentional misspellings
- Ampersands and other symbols
If you find that your name is taken, you might want to resist adding numbers onto the end of your name. If you end up with numbers, more than likely you'll be competing with someone else with a similar name, which isn't great for getting your name out there and getting recognized. (And, if the other person has enough influence, you could get sued for copyright infringement. Let's not get sued.)
Here are some other miscellaneous tips and things to keep in mind when coming up with a new name:
- Keeping your blog name and your url the same cuts down on confusion when readers are trying to find your blog.
- Easy to remember names keep readers coming back.
- Shorter names are easier to remember. As are names that make sense.
- Your blog name is your first impression, name accordingly.
- Grammar. Is. Important. (I'm The Everyday Goth, not The Every Day Goth.)
- Pleasant sounding names make your blog more pleasant to read.
- Nonsensical names can be used if they stand out enough, but they might confuse readers and send mixed messages about your tone.
- Copying another blog name with slight changes isn't nice.
- Be wary of copyright with character names and references to media.
- Use cliche sparingly. Unless ~*~xXRavyn's Black Bloody Roses666Xx~*~ really, really, really appeals to you, try to think of something else.
To be honest, naming your blog is a "big deal" in the online world because it's step one on the long, long journey of self-branding, but it's not the end of the world if you end up wanting to change it. Just make yourself a new banner, change your name on your platform, and voila! You've got yourself a new name with minimal fuss.
For those of you Goth bloggers out there, how did you determine what you were going to call your blog? And, would you change it if you could?