Some bloggers are very creative, and have these blogs with fascinating names. Others seem pretty straightforward. Hence my question for this post …
Do you have a story behind the name you gave your blog?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
A fellow blogger recently stopped by my VERY old post “So… who is this Chocolate Lady of whom you speak” and commented that she was glad she found the post, because she wondered why I call myself “The Chocolate Lady” – or TCL for short. Of course, you can always go to that post, to read it for yourself, but hey, why make you click again, right?
This particular nickname was actually not self-dubbed. (Over the years, people have called me many things. I sincerely hope that most – if not all – have been long forgotten.) For those of you interested, here is a shortened version of how I obtained this auspicious handle.
It was way back in the mid-90s when I was first hooked up to the internet at home. I already knew from having it at work that it was a valuable tool. But at home, I thought maybe I could find something there that would help me become the famous, published poet I always wanted to be. (Yeah, sure… as if!)
Back then, they had what was called usnet and newsgroups. These groups were bulletin board sites where people could discuss whatever interested them. That’s where I found the group misc.writing. This was a group that totally discouraged posting of the contributors work – hurray! They were more about the “art and craft” of writing. They discussed many things like etiquette for submitting our work for publication, resources where writers can find markets, elements of writing such as character development and more. They also talked about many things that had nothing to do with writing. These could be anything from politics to pets. It was a virtual refuge for writers who wanted to get some advice as well as just take a break from writing (or whatever they were doing).
Even though I enjoyed most of the threads there, soon after getting involved, I noticed that some of the “off-topic” threads could get pretty heated (usually the political ones). These disturbed me and for some reason, I decided I would attempt to defuse the situations. I did this by veering the conversation onto a topic in which I had a great deal of love and no small amount of expertise – chocolate. It wasn’t long before I would interject chocolate into any conversation. This would often shut the thread down altogether, or make it go so far off on a tangent that it never succeeded in returning to the subject again. Success!
In addition, one of the fun features of the group was what we called “misc.writing.ville” which was a fictional, online town where the various members would take on fictional personalities to write stories of the scary village of writers trying to succeed. These were types of chain stories where one person would start with a scenario and then someone else would continue it. These were fun (and sometimes scary)! At some point, people realized I had been steering political and heated conversations towards chocolate, and someone included me in one of the ‘Ville’s stories as “The Chocolate Lady.” Flattered and pleased, I adopted this handle as my online persona, and I have kept it ever since.
But let’s make one thing crystal clear – I am a gourmet… or if you will… a connoisseur of chocolate; not an addict!
There you have it! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
So… what about you?
How did you come up for the name of your blog? Do you have an interesting story behind the name you gave your blog? If not, have you thought about giving your blog a different name, or are you happy with it just the way it is?
This post is my 20th entry in the 2020 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!