How to name your new blog
January 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm #42189
I am in the process of brainstorming a new blog name which will be my brand and serve as the ship upon which I sail these new waters. As many of you know, I am a pro poker player from Vancouver, BC.
I am having trouble coming up with names which describe who I am and what values I hold.
How did you guys choose your blog name? How did you brainstorm it?
I am writing every day as much as I can. I am not going to be frozen by indecision and inaction, but my personal blog is not something I want to slap together.
I would love any suggestions and advice. The best name I have so far is NoGambleNoFuture. It’s a popular saying on the poker table and it speaks to me a little bit, but I am not positive it’s the right fit.
Would love to hear how you all came upon your blog names.
Poker is like life, do it every day or die.January 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm #42193
I recommend listening to all of the Godcasts as this question has come up more than once. Does anyone remember which one it was where Nick talks specifically about the sound, syllables and rhythm to a name?
The best name will come to you at a time when you are not actively trying to come up with the name. I have found that sitting down and brainstorming usually only creates dull results.
I am most likely to come up with good ideas when I’m in motion, just like Nick says. I do a lot of walking back and forth in a day, and I’ve found it true that if you walk everywhere with purpose, it’s like the dumb ideas and the over thinking can’t keep up with you and they are left behind. You mind becomes clearer and suddenly it will hit you. Also, while you’re walking everywhere with purpose for a few days, keep thinking and meditating on “who I am and what values I hold”. Visualize what you want the blog to be, who is going to read it etc.
“NoGambleNoFuture” feels kind of cumbersome. “Gamble” or “gambling” as a word has negative connotations, because when you hear that word it’s mostly followed by “addiction” as in “gambling addiction” which people recognise as a negative.
Can you keep the general idea but shorten it? How about something like “Play the Future”. Play relates with playing a game of poker. Play also has a much more positive connotation – when people think of play they think of joy and happiness. Play the Future implies that you see a correlation between actions now and results in the future. It opens up your topics to more than gambling if you wanted to talk about more than just poker.January 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm #42204
Three syllables. Action verbs.
I associate risk taking / gambling with success. Win some, lose some but never stop shooting your shot.
I make deals.January 12, 2017 at 1:06 am #42206
Jesse, your tagline can be compressed: “Poker is like life, do it every day or die.” >> Play Or DieJanuary 12, 2017 at 1:22 am #42207
Thinking about it… my suggestion sounds too close to “Player Die”. Not something you want to repeat to yourself everday. I know you can come up with something better.
To answer your question:
I research the etymology of words when naming things. Grab some words you like, and study the origin of those words, the history of usage, and their change over time. Look up words by antonym, and synonym. Find words that sound good to you. That convey a meaning you care about.
You’ll discover some words hold an innate power for you. Put these aside into a list. You’re building a deck.
Then begin to arrange the words, like dealing yourself a perfect hand… craft a name which holds multiple meanings for yourself.
Play with the words. Take as long as you need. There is no rush. You’ll go through many iterations, each time getting yourself closer to the name.
And you’ll know it when you find it. It hits your gut with a certainty of conviction.
Good luck!January 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm #42230
Lol @ wizard.
I make deals.January 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm #42249
@ Simon Thanks dude this gave me a lot to think about. Nobody likes the names I have come up with anymore. I am not sitting and brainstorming because that always felt unnatural and cumbersome. If something comes up during the day I take some notes on it and come back to it later.
@ wizard I never thought about etymology that’s really cool. I’ll tinker around with it some and see if I can come up with anything.
@ej people have mentioned like you to keep it shorter and with the action words. I am a talker though, it makes it quite difficult. I should be more deliberate in my words and not as winded.
Closest thing I’ve developed so far is Patience+Discipline. This has personal meaning because my coach drilled it into me every day, every session, every coaching bit. This is because it’s all you need when starting out in poker and you can make money, and I believe that it’s important to success in everything.
Thanks all for the help.
Poker is like life, do it every day or die.
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