Get Creative: Brainstorming Blog Name Ideas in 7 Steps

Getting Creative: The 7 Steps for Memorable Blog Name Ideas

I know how hard it is to come up with blog name ideas. When you are getting started, coming up with a blog name is the hardest step. Setting it up as a .com, getting WordPress – all of that is easy.

You’ve got to get a bit creative, to create a memorable blog name and one that you love. The good news is that there are steps you can take to be a creative generator who will come up with a unique blog name. There are 7 steps that I will take you through on how to name your blog.

I would like to send out many MANY thanks to Jacob. If you are thinking about setting a blog up and have no idea where to start–go to him! He really pushed me to dig deep. He not only helped me develop my blog name but how to set the entire blog up too. He is so incredibly helpful. Thank you, thank you Jacob you are such a dear – Joelle

Step 1. Write a Paragraph Defining Your New Blog

Step 2: Creative Exercises to Build a List of Words and Phrases – Finding Inspiration

Step 3: Brainstorming Blog Name Ideas

Step 4: The Best Blog Names Checklist – The 4 Signs You Have a Good Blog Name

Step 5: How to Check if Your Blog Name is Available as a .com

Step 6: What to Do if Your Blog Name is Not Available as a .com

Step 7: Registering your Free Blog Name Domain

**I recommend not checking right away if your new blog name ideas are available as a .com. This will hurt your brainstorming flow. If you keep working through the exercises, you will see that you can create much stronger and memorable name ideas.**

At the end of the post I’ll show you how to check if your name is available as a .com and what makes good blog names.

Step 1. Write a Paragraph Defining Your New Blog

Whatever blog you want to start, whether it is a photography blog, a beauty blog, a music blog, a business, crafts or Christian blog – the first step to brainstorming a blog name is to write out a paragraph that really defines what you want your blog to be about.

Get as specific as possible.

Keep asking yourself who, what, where, when, why, how questions:

  • Who? Who do I want to write for, who do I want coming to my blog?
  • What? What will I be writing about, what will I be doing/creating?
  • Where? Is my blog going to be about a special place (a State, the outdoors, in the kitchen)
  • Why? Why am I starting a blog, why do I care about the topics I’ll be blogging about?
  • How? How will I be blogging – through photographs, videos, tutorials

If you want to start a food blog, what kind do you want to start? Will it be about: food for kids, about Japanese food, simple recipes, BBQ cooking, creativity in the kitchen, eating with friends, vegetarian food.

If it is a food blog for vegetarians, what kind of vegetarians? People living in the city, people with kids, runners, yoga enthusiasts…

Also ask yourself, what is the reason for wanting to start a blog. Is it to help others (if so, what do you want to help them with specifically), or showcase what you do. Here are some examples:

“I want to start a makeup and fashion blog because… I love experimenting with edgy styles. I look overseas for inspiration, from India to Japan. I want to show off my crazy style and show people where are the best places to shop.”

I want to start a fitness blog because… I use to be unhealthy. I want to help other people become healthy by simple living – simple workout routines, simple eating discipline.”

“I want to start a lifestyle blog because… everyday I go out and try something new. I want a blog that helps me to stay creative – by writing about my creative projects and lifestyle. I will be posting about photography, fashion, and recipes.”

“I want to start a travel blog because… I want to let my friends and family back in Ohio know what I’m doing on the other side of the world. I’m going to be adventure backpacking across Southeast Asia, and I’ll be rock climbing, and road tripping places I know people back home have never seen.”

“I want to start a food blog because… I miss home. I’ve been living in North Carolina for 3 years now. My blog is going to be where I get to post the recipes I have brought over from India – my home. It is through cooking and being in the kitchen where I feel like I am back in India. I get to play with spices. I also love going to the market and photographing people buying their exotic ingredients – there is so much flavour and life there. I might even try making some fusion recipes.”

You don’t have to have everything figured out straight away. Things can change as you go a long, my blog has as it’s grown. But you do need to have a solid theme to start your blog from.

Developing Your Blog’s Theme

You want to create a strong theme for your blog. A) Because it will really help you come up with a good blog name and B) your blog will be more memorable to your visitors.

Food is not a theme. Vegetarian cooking is getting better. Vegetarian cooking for runners is a memorable blog theme.

Traveling is a weak blog theme. Backpack travelling is getting better. An Adventure backpack travelling blog (that posts about rock climbing, caving, road tripping) is a strong theme.

Family is to general. A Country Family Living blog where you talk about sustainable living – now there is a strong theme.

A lot of people think if they come up with a specific theme, like Vegetarian Cooking for Runners, that they will be limited in what they can write about. This isn’t true. Yes a lot of your posts should be around the main topic, but you can branch out. In a way, you are creating a lifestyle blog. A blog on Vegetarian Cooking for Runners can branch out sometimes:

  • Why not write a post on the best running trails around your city
  • Do a bit of nature photography
  • Talk about food markets around town
  • The best vegetarian restaurants while you were visiting Greece
  • Going away on a Yoga retreat

These are posts that a lot of runners and vegetarians will be interested in reading.

Say you started an Adventure Backpack Traveling blog, you could include posts on:

  • Food while on the road
  • Life back home
  • Photograhy

Yes you can write about other things. But try and tie it in some way to your main theme. This way your blog will be really memorable for readers, and they’ll be coming back every time you post.

Step 2: Creative Exercises to Build a List of Words and Phrases – Finding Inspiration

Now we are going to start building a list of phrases and words that we can use later to brainstorm blog name ideas.

We have already written out the definition paragraph from step 1. From the definition paragraph we should be able to see some general word ideas/phrases/themes.

I want to start a food blog because… I miss home. I’ve been living in North Carolina for 3 years now. My blog is going to be where I get to post the recipes I have brought over from India – my home. It is through cooking and being in the kitchen where I feel like I am back in India. I get to play with spices.  I might even try making some fusion recipes. I also love going to the market and photographing people buying their exotic ingredients – there is so much flavour and life there.

From the paragraph of someone wanting to start a food blog, we can see some interesting words and themes (which I have italicised):

  • North Carolina
  • From India
  • Home
  • Playing with spices
  • The market
  • Exotic ingredients
  • Fusion

Now let’s do some creative exercises to add to our word and phrase list.

Creative Exercises

The goal here is to build up the longest list you can of words and phrases.

Divide your list of words and phrases into 2. On the right side you have the words that related to the general topic of your blog (food – spoons, spices, napkins, menu, etc). On the left side is the list of words that relate to your specific blog (India – naan, henna, sari). Later on we will mix and match the two sides to create ideas.

And keep in mind what i said at the beginning of the post, don’t check if a name idea is taken as a .com. Keep going, and you’ll find a lot of ideas.

Creative Exercise #1: The Power of The Thesaurus

The thesaurus is my number one tool when I am brainstorming name ideas. I use this one.

If you want to start a food blog, then begin by entering food related words into the thesaurus to build your word/phrase list:

food: feed, meal, cuisine, cookery, menu, table, daily bread

cook: culinarian, heat, simmer, sizzle

market: barter, bazaar, fashion

home: family, native, local, casa, habitat, country, hometown, homeland, land, neighbourhood, hills, roof

(You can take the words you find and put them back into the thesaurus to see what you get)

land: shore, soil, grounds, district

spice: aroma, color, savor

exotic: colorful, mysterious, remote

Right now we are starting to get a strong list of words that we can use later to brainstorm good creative blog names. We’ll be coming back to the thesaurus as we go through the other creative exercises.

Creative Exercise #2: Finding Inspiration on Pinterest

Let’s go and find some inspiration. I’ll be using Pinterest. We are going to search for some of our words, and see what pictures pop up. From looking at these pictures, I’ll be able to come up with more words and phrases that I can add to my list:

India: Festival of Colors, elephants, temples, flower markets, riverbeds, henna tattoos, Palace, shepherd, yoga, sari, street cart, fabrics, kashmir, teal door, sunset

(You can get specific) Indian restaurant: mosaic, lanterns, pillows, banana leaf (I’m liking this), Naan, curry, textiles

kitchen: spice rack, fridge, copper pans, pantry, cooker, blender, chopping board, kitchen plants, cook books

market: floating market, meat market, stalls, fruits, crates, umbrella stands, baskets, scales, chills

Take some time searching for different words. In my case I would keep going with food related words, North Carolina, spices, and words from the thesaurus list we created above. Who knows what pictures and ideas will pop up.

You can also take the words from this Pinterest list, and enter them into the thesaurus for more ideas.

Creative Exercise #3: Ask Yourself Some Questions

Keep brainstorming ideas by asking yourself all sorts of questions.

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

What’s in a kitchen? Forks, spoons, knives, plates, dinner table, families, cooker, flames, aromas, a window.

What ingredients do I alway use?

Who else makes things other than a cook/chef: Tailor, craftsman, baker, designer, blacksmith, potter

Where are some other places where things are made: Workshop, studio, garage, library

What are some Indian words and phrases related to food? What is the Hindi word for chef or kitchen?

What do I enjoy most about cooking?

Who am I writing for?

Why is India so important to me?

How is Indian food/Naan/ect. made? What tools are used?

Keep asking questions, and you’ll keep getting word ideas.

Don’t forget you can take the words you come up with in this exercise and enter them into the thesaurus or Pinterest for more ideas.

Moving Onto The Next Step

By now you should have a long list of words and phrases that can be soon used to come up with name ideas. If you don’t then you’ll need to go back to the “defining your blog” stage (step 1), and really write out specific things that you want your blog to be about.

Step 3: Brainstorming Blog Name Ideas

Brainstorming Blog Name Ideas

Let’s get the list of words/phrases you’ve created. Here is mine all mixed up (yours should be divided into two – the general words, and the specific to your blog words:

North Carolina

From India

Back in India

Playing with Spices

The Market

Exotic Ingredients

Fusion

Food

Cuisine

Cookery

Menu

Table

Daily bread

Heat

Sizzle

Market

Native

Hometown

Homeland

Neighbourhood

Soil

Spice

Aroma

Exotic

Colorful

Temples

Riverbeds

Henna

Shepherd

Sari

Fabrics

Kashmir

Teal door

Sunset

Mosaic

Banana leaf

Naan

Curry

Baskets

Now it’s time to start coming up with ideas.

Pick out words that are unique, memorable, and that puts a picture in your mind.

Mix and match words. For me I would be mixing kitchen/food words with Indian related words.

My favourite words from the list are banana leaf, sari, and shepherd – so I’ll be mixing words with these to create name ideas:

Banana Leaf Kitchen

Banana Leaf Diaries

Simmering Banana Leaf

The Colors of the Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf Feasts

Cooking in a Sari

Sari Sari Spice

The Shepherd’s Dinner

My Henna Table

The Khana Market (Khana means Food)

A Spoon of Spice

Those are just some quick combination of words and ideas from the list I created earlier. My favourite blog name idea is Banana Leaf Feasts.

Step 4: The Best Blog Names Checklist – The 4 Signs You Have a Good Blog Name

The Best Blog Names Checklist – The 4 Signs You Have a Good Blog Name

How to Pick a Blog Name – Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your blog name:

  1. You want your blog name to be memorable and unique to who you are and what you are going to blog about.
  2. It should be a name that paints a picture in your mind (this is what makes a name memorable). So it should not be something generic like ‘Food and Me’ or “My Travel Diaries” but something like “Spices of my Life”, “The Yellow Kitchen Door”, “Backpack Chic”, “Wondering in Fields”.
  3. It should be a name that you love. Keep brainstorming until you’ve come up with one.
  4. You want to get your blog name as a .com

Step 5: How to Check if Your Blog Name is Available as a .com

To quickly check if your blog name is available as a .com, enter your name into the search here Name.com – this is where I go to check if a domain name is free. You want your blog name as a .com.

If your name is available, then great. We can move onto getting your blog name registered and set up. Follow my step by step instructions here: How To Start a Blog – Your Step by Step Successful Launch Guide.

If your name is not available, there are a few things you can do to work around this.

Step 6: What to Do if Your Blog Name is Not Available as a .com Domain Name

Available good blog names are hard to come by. If I have a name that is not available, what I like to do is take my favorite blog name idea and try to modify it until I find an available .com. I really liked the idea of having “Banana Leaf” in my blog name, so say my name idea was “Banana Leaf Feast”, then I would check if “Banana Leaf Chef”, “Banana Leaf Spices”, “Banana Leaf Dinner” or “Banana Leaf Eats” were available.

  1. So changing a word is one way to find an available .com
  2. Another way is to add a word onto your blog name idea
  3. The last option would be to check if your second favourite name is available, or try and brainstorm a new name

Step 7: Registering your Free Blog Name Domain

How To Register a Blog Name as a .Com

Once you have your .com blog name, the next step is going to be registering it. I’ve put together a step by step guide that shows you how to set up hosting for your blog (the guide also explains what hosting is) and get a free domain name: How To Start a Blog – Your Step by Step Successful Launch Guide.

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