What’s in a Blog Title?

I have never put as much thought into a blog post as I have into this one, it’s taken about twelve hours of thought in all.

Today’s assignment in the Blogging 101 course was to revisit my blog title and tagline and ask myself if it really does reflect the contents and ethos of the blog.

The original title, ‘Musings of a Novice Writer’, was selected when I started the blog and that is exactly what the blog contained, my musings as a trainee writer. It was pointed out in the assignment that there are a sea of ‘musings’ blogs out there which meant that I wasn’t being original or clever in my choice so, thoroughly deflated, I set about thinking of a new title.

It has taken me all day and I have brainstormed the arse out of it, literally filling pages of my notebook with scribbled ideas but I think I have finally got a new title. I’m not sure about it yet, it’s going to take some time to bed in. I feel like I’ve just discarded a comfortable pair of slippers in favour of a crippling pair of stilettos, wincing every time I step. It might be some time before it turns into replacement slippers.

So to explain, I have chosen to call the blog Less Than Stellar Storyteller because that’s exactly what I am. I can spin a yarn but I wouldn’t say they are of exceptional quality, that’s what I’m here to practice. Charting my journey there is the point of this blog.

The tagline I have chosen is Writing by numbers, outside of the lines which is a play on words referencing the art kits that you can buy called ‘Paint by Numbers’. It also refers to my continued efforts to create something stunning but often getting it wrong by ‘going outside of the lines’, as I used to do with those kits even though I tried so hard not to.

So, what do you think? Is it an improvement or a bit off-putting? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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24 Responses to What’s in a Blog Title?

  1. Colette B says:

    Hi, missed you in b101 tiill today. Enjoying reading back through your posts. Your new title works really well and I love the tagline. Enjoyed seeing the transition here. Your theme works really well on my mobile phone and your blog seems nicely set out and well organised. 🙂


  2. Nik says:

    I really like the new title – it’s positive and I think it has longevity. I’m still on the low end of the curve but I’m fairly certain there’s no linear path from startup to stellar. Each of us will have our (mostly) perfect writing days and the days where the words feel like they are being dragged out of our brains – but those stellar moments are the ones we’ll cherish and aim to repeat as often as we can, and I’m sure you’ll have plenty of them 🙂

    p.s. “brainstormed the arse out of it” is a great line!

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    • Oh I don’t know, I’ve read a few of your stories and I think they’re pretty awesome. I’ll add some feedback when I can.

      Thanks for your input, I’m still getting used to the title. Here’s to more stellar days than constipated-brain ones!

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      • Nik says:

        Thanks – that’s really kind of you and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far.

        It sounds like you were making a toast to stellar days so I’m raising a glass in Cape Town just in case 🙂

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  3. honestme363 says:

    I am glad you went with’ sometimes’. Don’t sell yourself short – you are talented! And perhaps with a bit of time, your title will feel more like those old runners and you will feel comfortable enough to lose the sometimes all together ☺

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  4. dsmcknight says:

    Like the title – If we’re lucky, we have a stellar moment here and there! Here’s to wishing you many more!

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  5. Anita says:

    Love the title, it’s got a nice ring to it 🙂 . See you later, alligator!

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  6. Yes Nicola, don’t sell yourself short!

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  7. Tim Kimber says:

    I like it, I like how it rhymes; but I wonder if you’re selling yourself short? I’m not saying go the opposite, all-out brag, but I wonder if something that doesn’t denote quality might be a wiser choice. Just my two cents.

    I know what you mean though, it is hard to settle on one.

    I started mine wanting to make a Tim/Time pun (because there are so many quotes that sound great just dropping the “e” in Time; like “Tim is the wisest counselor of all” – Pericles).

    I eventually stumped for Right Place, Right Tim, because I was about to start a travel blog for six months. It has since morphed into a writing blog, first and foremost, and I don’t know whether to change the title. Does it still work? I suppose you have to be in the right place, at the right time to have the ideas, and you have to be the right person to interpret them…? Is that clutching at straws?

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  8. Becky B says:

    Really like the tagline and your title caught my eye, but like you am having a slight stiletto moment with it. Perhaps that’s because you are definitely not less than stellar. Have you considered a Momentarily Stellar Storyteller.

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  9. kirstwrites says:

    Like it! very thoughtful and well chosen. Am just about to start brainstorming how to update my tagline!

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  10. I like the concept. It conveys a journey destined to be distinctive but not mundane with a touch of uncertainty. The main thing is, how do y0u react when you read that. Good luck.

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  11. Kelli says:

    I like it, it’s certainly not a throw- away line, it’s complex and takes a moment before you smile and think “I see what you did there”. =] It also seems to perfectly sum up what your blog is about, well done!


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