Friday, April 2, 2010

Open Brainstorm

I want to rename my blog but I can't come up with anything good (I hope that sounded as whiny as intended). I am just not clever and I am very jealous of people who are. One Saturday morning recently I was running errands and I heard a man talking on the radio about a book he had written which was subtitled Innuendo and Out the Other. I was immediately irritated. Why? Because the name of the book was so clever and I knew I could have never come up with something like that.

Which brings me back to my problem. I want to rename my blog but can't come up with anything. "Elizabeth Downie" just isn't cutting it for me anymore. It was a desperate move by a beginning blogger and just never got fixed.

I keep trying to think of alliterative names (why, I don't know) but I think I actually kind of hate alliterative names. I mean, I'm almost positive I hate them, at least in regard to my own blog. Something like, "Michigan musings" makes me feel sick. It's fine for other people, but it's just not me. (I'm really nervous right now that one of you has a blog named Michigan Musings that I subconsciously remembered but now can't remember if it's real or not. It's a good name - just not for me.)

So then there are the whimsical names like, "thoughts on life" and "view from here" which make me feel uncomfortable because my blog just isn't that serious for the most part. I'd feel pressure to be insightful with a name like that.

Then I tried to think of things I like, such as:

Snuggies - but I'm growing tired of Snuggies.
Riding my bike - Unfortunately I can only ride my bike half the year so I can't make it part of my blog name.
T.V. I am in denial about how much TV I watch though, so I can't really own that, plus I don't blog about TV. Ok, yes I do. Once again, I'm in denial.
Books - Yes, books! Finally a worthy hobby! But my blog isn't about books, sadly.
Being single - wait, this shouldn't be listed under "things I like." But I am single and I do blog about that a lot so...I guess it's something to consider.

I guess the question comes down to, what is my blog about? If I could figure that out, I think I'd be on the path to naming my blog.

So I thought I'd go to you all because you're much more clever than me. Often people who read my blog say to me, "the comments are often more funny than the actual post!" not realizing that this is actually an insult to me. But I agree. You all are quite funny. (Yes, I am buttering you up now.)

How did you come up with the name for your blog? Can you help me name mine?


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Vernice said...

I like the title of Wolfgang's blog: "Creepy Wierdos".

Wolfgang said...

It's not as good as Vernice's blog: "Tales from a Spider Queen".

Elizabeth Downie said...

My favorite post from Vernice was "Scalp massages done right."

And thanks Wolfgang and Vernice. You've been very helpful. ;)

Mark said...

Gosh, this is so obvious, hasn't your grandmother already suggested it?

Elizabeth Anonymous

You just have to find out what his real name is and marry him.

Sarah said...

I like something along the lines of "Single Thoughts", but really, if you want to figure this out, you can go to this website:

And put in your blog address, and it shows you the words/topics/terms you write the most! That might help you brainstorm an idea or two or twenty! :)

PS: I play on that wordle site *all the time!*

Katherine said...

My blog name just popped into my head. Actually, the first thing that popped into my head was Tuesdays aren't just for losers anymore," but I thought "losers" was a little harsh so changed it to "robots" (which also just popped into my head). So maybe do some free associations and see what you come up with?

Kathy said...

I just put your name in the Jersey Shore nickname generator. "E-Pop" is a perfect name for your blog!

The only other thing I could think of was "Eliza-bits". Bad. SO BAD. I'm very sorry and embarrassed. I can't offer you any help with this one. :(

Masked McKenna said...

Hrmm...I haven't read everything on your blog yet, but looking at your profile...

Memoirs of a Michigan Mathematician

Ooh except you don't want alliteration...and I doubt you blog about math too much..

I'll see if anything comes to me in the shower...that's where most epiphanies occur :D

Datin'Kait said...

The Single(s) (ward) Ladies team is on it, Elizabeth! Don't you worry!

Masked McKenna said...

Ok, this is what we have for you so far:

"Downie Down Under" (but that sounds too sexual)

"Downie but not Outtie" (you're single but it's not gettin' you down)

"Downie Soft" (like the fabric softener)

In that same vein, "Gettin' Fresh like Downie"

Some options to consider! We'll brainstorm a little more tonight if our brains get too restless :)

Melanie said...

so I did that wordle thing and this is what I came up with:

"Just want to know something"
"anything clever"
"funny unrelated musings"

but i don't think it's very accurate because I definitely think you've said Magnum way more than Pierce Brosnan. I think it just takes the most recent posts...

I vote something with mustache. Like "finding a good mustache" or "cloudy with a chance of mustaches" (ok not really)

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Brady said...

I actually like Something Wonderful Right Away. That gets right to the heart of the Elizabeth Downie Experience.

MelissaAggie98 said...

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My suggestion for your blog name: Down with Downie

Anonymous said...

I think I like Mark’s comment

Some other randomness:

Life’s vicissitudes
Share the ride with me
From the refugee camp
My two cents and change

An admirer from the distance. ;)

Crayon Wrangler said...

I have enjoying reading all the title suggestions! Wish I had a cute one for you.

Single Truths
Single Peeks
Turning the page to the end

Found you through FF and will be stalking..err..following to see what the final result will be.

Brianne said...

Happy Friday Follow!!

Natalie said...

Wow, your friends are all so clever! I have perfect faith that you will come up with something wonderful.

My idea: The Low-Down from Downie

cheesy? probably.

Michelle Faith said...

New follower here from friday follow, you got It I'll follow. Hope you can stop by and say hi!

Oh...I changed my blog name at one point to, this is what I did... I googled "how to name your website" and they had good ideas...there is also a great post it on "Sits" there is a link on my page if you don't know what sits is...good luck. Oh btw I named mine by using a Thesaurus and looking up words I thought worked for who I am...I like my blog name so I guess it worked. Good luck

Claire said...

Yeah, I suck at coming up with creative, interesting titles... hence the title of my blog!

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The Lady Girl said...

Haha "Soft Downie Pillows" hahahaha oh man

Lindsey said...

How about Downie's Doodles. :)

Robert said...

Is E mag already taken? You could be like O for Oprah?

Downieville? Now that Farmville is so popular and all!

"Writin' Downie Me Thoughts" :) (Say it with that bit o' Irish in ya!)

"Saline (MI) Downie the River on a Blog" (Ann Arbor doesn't really work here. ;)

Sara said...

What ever it is, it needs to be funny, since you are very funny (and clever!). Humble too! ;)

I saw the I Don't Hate Comments badge, and thought that could be your name. Or looking at your profile, "Fascinating Pastime" could work...I wonder if you can convey sarcasm through a blog title? If so, that's what you should go with. Oh, and some double meaning about "Past Time" - like this is your past time and it's past time for the perfect man to come along... Just brainstorming!

The Boob Nazi said...

Do you say anything a lot? Because I say "How could you not" ALL THE TIME.

Priscilla said...

I think you should just go with: "This post has been removed by the author." ;)

Vaughn said...

Elizabeth, your blog has become too popular for me, sorry.

Do something sarcastic, because i think of you and i think she CANT be serious, this girl is perfectly Humble about being perfect

-The Awkward, Hilarious Moments in life
-Nothing left unsaid and then a subtitle that says, "everything you think about but dont want to say just got said"
-It's Only Awkward for a moment
-You KNOW you were thinking it
-Mentioning the Unspeakable
-WOrds from a prophet, keep the commandments
-Its OK, i dont like you either, this is my personal favorite, if i blogged more, i would have this for mine, but alas, you can have it, ill just take it for facebook.....

Robert said...

Wait! I have more. How about:

*"Why James Franco isn't good enough for me."
*Can't wait for Wednesdays!
*A life of boys, math, and other mysteries!
*La Vida de Elizabeth Downie