I have had thoughts about changing my blog’s name. I’m not yet sure if I’m taking these thoughts seriously, but they’re there in the back of my head.
I do like BookNook. It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s fun to say.. but it’s not exactly original. It’s one of those scenarios where you decide to make a blog, you come up with a name, you love it, but you’re so excited that you forget to search around to see if anyone else had the same idea for a name that you had. When I stumble upon another BookNook, it hurts my soul a little. NOT because I think they copied me because I know they didn’t, but just because I feel like my blog is that much less original, and that much less memorable.
But changing a blog name is scary. Redirecting your old name to your new name is super easy and seamless. But the scary part comes with rebranding yourself. I’ve had my blog almost a year now and people know me as BookNook. Publishers know me as BookNook. I would lose that online identity. In the long run, rebranding myself might be beneficial because I might come out with a stronger and more original brand, but in the short term, I feel like people will forget who I am. I would also have to create a new Facebook page and start over with all my followers there.
Being the dork that I am, I will probably end up creating an entire new logo and blog design under a new name on a test site and carefully think about whether it “fits” or not. If it feels right, maybe I’ll make the change. If not, then I won’t.
Pros of Changing
- In the long run I might be able to create a better brand out of my blog. After a couple months or a year, I will be more universally recognized as a blogger since I will be able to pick a more unique name that only I have.
- I will feel better about my blog and won’t get that sinking feeling every time I see a new BookNook.
I’ll be able to have a new Bloglovin’ entry, which is awesome because BookNook is currently “stuck” on there and won’t update with new posts (and Bloglovin’ is the most UNRESPONSIVE website ever and won’t properly help me *grumbles*).It seems that Bloglovin’ finally fixed it and BookNook is no longer “stuck”. Maybe they saw this post LOL!
Cons of Changing
- People might forget who I am right after I change. They might not remember that BookNook is now someone else. So if they see me on Twitter, they might not recognize me. Or if they visit my blog, they won’t think, “Oh I’m on BookNook!” They might think they’ve stumbled across a whole new blog!
- I will lose some followers, especially because I will have to create a new Facebook page.
My Questions to You:
Have you ever changed your blog’s name?
If so, did you re-create your social media accounts (especially Facebook, where you can’t change the page URL)? Do you feel like you lost any followers because of the change? Overall, how was the process?
As a blog reader, do you get confused when a blog you follow changes its name? Does it bother you?
Do you “forget” who the blogger is if they start using a new name? Or do you remember the change easily?
Have you ever thought about changing your blog’s name?
If you have thought about it but haven’t done it, what is holding you back?