First off, nope, I’m not planning on changing the name of my blog. I’ve been very happy with the title Feed Your Fiction Addiction. (The only complaint I have is that it’s long—but that’s okay.) But, this week I spent a little time
procrastinating cleaning up my Bloglovin’ feed (I went through and deleted the hundreds of inactive blogs I was following and also organized the blogs I kept into a better folder system). While I was doing this, I realized something … lots of book bloggers have changed their reading (and therefore blogging) habits over time.
This makes perfect sense, right? But it can cause a little bit of weirdness if you named your blog based on your reading tastes and then you start reading something else most the time. Which led me to this mostly inane post.
It might be time to change your blog name if …
You have YA in your blog title and blog about mostly adult books.
It amazed me the number of blogs that were called YA something or other, but then you scrolled through the feed and almost every book reviewed was a new adult or adult title—often featuring explicit sex and racy covers. Obviously, I have no problem with the blogger reading and reviewing these types of books, but if you put YA in your blog title, you probably want to be reviewing YA, right? Um, I think it’s time for a change …
Your blog title is something racy (Hot Reads, Love Under the Cover, you get the idea…) and you review mostly YA (or even children’s!) books.
I didn’t see this quite as often as the other scenario (maybe just because I don’t follow as many blogs with racy titles), but there were a few of these too. It doesn’t seem like all that many people looking for YA or children’s book reviews would stumble upon your blog this way, but I guess if you feel like those middle grade books are especially hot…
Your blog evokes a certain genre (Witchy Reads, Romance Reads, etc) and you review mostly books that don’t fit that genre.
Even if you think you LOVE a certain genre, I’d recommend keeping it out of your blog title. You’d be surprised how often a die-hard single-genre fan ends up expanding their horizons once they start blogging! The name Cozies Corner just doesn’t have the same ring to it when you’re reviewing all YA Contemporaries.
Your title has nothing to do with books at all!
Now sometimes people choose metaphorical blog names or names that mean something to them that the average person might not know about. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m referring to a blog title that seems to refer to a totally different type of blog: health and beauty or travel or something. Again, you probably started out planning to blog about something completely different and then you sort of fell into book blogging. But if your blog title sounds like something else, you might have trouble finding an audience!
Then there are those blog titles that have nothing to do with genres, but just don’t work all that well…
Your blog title is really generic (or so far out there no one can ever remember it!)
Sometimes when you’re first starting out, you just can’t think of anything all that good, so you settle for something that sounds just like 500 other book blogs out there: Books, Books, Books or something. (I’m really sorry if this is your blog name.) As I was going through my list of Bloglovin’ blogs, I would occasionally get to one and think, “Wait, didn’t I already check this blog?” Then I’d realize, no, it was just that there were three other blogs with almost the exact same name.
Oh, and then there’s the rare case of the blog name having a word that is just completely unrecognizable and unreadable. Bozzledoxydooda Books or something. (Darn! No—that actually kind of has a fun ring to it! Anyway, you get the point). I’m sure this name has some deeper meaning for you, but I promise I will never find my way to your blog without a link…. Though, I suppose that’s how I get to most blogs anyway, so this might not be so bad. If you really like your kooky name, go ahead and keep it. At the very least, it’s WAY better than the boring names!
If you have a blog title that meets one of these criteria, you might want to think about changing it.
You don’t even necessarily have to change your URL—just the title that shows up at the top of the blog (and don’t forget to change the title on Bloglovin!). It might seem weird to change your title, but it’s weirder to have a name like Smexy Books and then review picture books you read with your kids. Trust me.
One person I know who successfully changed her blog name is Naomi over at Naomi’s Reading Palace, which used to be Nomi’s Paranormal Palace. At some point she realized that she really wasn’t reading and reviewing much paranormal (she reads and reviews almost solely new adult and adult contemporary). The transition seemed completely smooth from what I could see, and her blog name now doesn’t limit the type of books you expect to see there.
So, go ahead make a change. Or don’t—after all, it’s your blog and you can do whatever the heck you want!
Have you ever considered changing your blog name? Have you run across blogs whose names are … confusing? I want to know!