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How did you choose your blog's name?

Last month a poster on social network blogcatalog asked fellow users how they chose the name for their blog. Some were specifically chosen, others were randomly picked and many others were just dumb luck. Picking a blog name can go either way for journalists who either blog under a company name or blog independently.


Whether the names were pre-chosen or not, there are many mainstream news outlets with great names for their blogs. They include Fox News’ The Bourbon Room, USA Today’s Pop Candy, Time Magazine’s Curious Capitalist, The Guardian’s Media Monkey, Carpetbagger, The New York Time’s fashion blog, Dishing, Boston.com’s food blog and the truly original The Fastest Blog on 2 Feet, a lacrosse blog by Washington Post writer Christian Swezey.

If you’re a pun person, there is What’s Bruin, the LA Times’ blog covering UCLA sports teams, Booster Shots, a health blog also from the LA Times, BaltAmour, a dating blog from the Baltimore Sun, and Foam on the Range, the Denver Post’s beer blog.

As far as independent bloggers go, I’ve always been partial to Will Sullivan’s choice of Journerdism, a portmanteau of journalism and nerd that perfectly describes the heart of every hardcore multimedia journalist.

As for 10,000 Words, the name came after some heavy deliberation. I initially wanted to call it Prometheus, after the Greek legend who stole fire from the gods and brought it to the people. But sensing that the name was a little heavy, I opted for 10,000 Words which, as the about page points out, is a likely answer to how many words a multimedia story is worth.

Now it’s your turn. What is your blog’s name? Did you choose it yourself or was it chosen for you? Leave a link to your blog in the comments and feel free to share the story behind it.

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