Blogging 101 – Day Two
“Today’s Assignment: edit your title and tagline.”
When I began thinking about a blog more than a year ago, the only thing I knew for sure was that the title was going to be “Renaissance Musings.”
Last night—all night!—I pondered (not often do I truly “ponder”) what the blog title would be otherwise. I should not have done that.
Writing is a linear activity—one word after the other—leading the writer and the reader down a path of successive word-driven images. Pure thought is more free-form, as if looking at a painting. Last night I was sucked into a van Gogh-like maelstrom of “if not Renaissance Musings, then what?” questions. Is my title too pretentious, too vague, too non-specific? Could I find something that was more descriptive like “Thoughts on a Bunch of Different Stuff”?
Then I went back to my initial reasoning. I am indeed more than casually interested in many subjects and activities. Although I am no Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, nor da Vinci, I can draw clear parallels in my diversity of interests when compared to these men. This is not to boast. It may very well be a case of Adult ADD! Many of my more successful (professionally and financially) friends focused on one thing—engineering, law, medicine, aviation, etc., and became recognized experts in their fields and wealthy by my standards.
At about 4:00 a.m., I concluded that “Renaissance Musings” was right for my blog.
Incidentally, I have seen both words, “renaissance” and “musings,” used in blog titles, but I have not seen, nor can I find via Google another “Renaissance Musings” in the blogosphere. (There are similar titles in other venues on the Internet.)
The other aspect of keeping the current title is that the blog is gaining some momentum. While not explosive, visits, views, and followers are increasing at an increasing rate. So, though only on the scene for a year, some degree of “brand identity” is taking root. So, I conclude, “I would rather fight than switch.” (Extra points if you remember what product used that phrase in its advertising.)
The tagline “Thoughts on an array of vastly interesting topics!” is supposed to play off of the diversity of topics as suggested by the concept of a “renaissance” persona.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!