Sunday, April 17, 2011

What's in a name?

I've been toying with writing a blog for a while now and decided it was time to put thoughts into actions. It all seemed so simple. Use one of the free blog sites and start writing. But wait, what was it going to be about and what would I call it? My kids advised me that I needed a subject or it would be nothing more than an online journal. Well, since I'm not that knowledgeable or passionate about any one subject, I decided that it would be personal reflections. My idea was to make comments about things I experience or see around me that other people may be able to relate to. Now what to name it. Not as easy as it would seem. With the millions of blogs out there, there's not much left to choose from.

My first idea was Observations of an everyday boring life. However, it was suggested that I don't need to tell people ahead of time that my life is often boring. Next I played with, Run of the mill, Matter of fact, and So on and so forth. All taken. Next was Watching paint Dry, but that was taken also with actual web cams set up to watch paint dry. How about Dull as Dishwater Maybe that was giving too much away ahead of time again. (BTW, the original phrase was supposedly, "Dull as Ditch Water.") 

I was going to have to get creative. The family started brainstorming. Running with safety scissors and Your guess is as good as mine. Taken. My personal favorite was one I thought up- Lend me your nose. A play on Lend me your ear but using nose indicating that you should Take time to stop and smell the roses. 

After several more hours of deep thought, I settled on Live and Learn-Toss and Turn. This title is supposed to indicate that no matter what happens to us, we can always learn from it and the unknown can still be a little scary and cause us to toss and turn. Or maybe the title just means, that I was really tired and the rhyming of the words seemed good enough. This morning my son asked me what name I came up with and after I told him, he replied, "Well, it's not as bad as I thought it would be." I don't think I will ever be able to live down, "Lend me your nose."


  1. I like the story of how you chose your blog name! When I first came across your blog I thought the 'toss and turn' thing was because you were on some sort of decluttering mission. At the weekend I met a fellow local blogger and a couple of people who follow my blog; it was strange being introduced as "This is Everydaylifeonashoestring" ! I never thought of that as a factor when choosing a blog name!

    1. That's interesting that you met some people who follow your blog. It doesn't sound like you knew them before. How did you meet them?

  2. It's the good old Slim Your Bin thing! There was a green cleaning and toiletries workshop on Saturday and I met Jen @ My Make Do and Mend Year (she's on my blog list) and the Wilts Wildlife Trust Waste Minimisation Officer and the Wilts Council Recycling person. As part of their job they follow waste and recycling blogs!


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