Well I guess this is my real-life Carrie Bradshaw moment! I’m launched, I’m GDPR compliant (whatever that means) and live!
Building a blog is a labor of love (and stress) and sometimes knowing where to start is the hardest part. If you’re thinking of using your own name for a blog, I’ve got your back and I have some advice.
Using your own name for a blog
Research, explore and absorb everything you can before taking the leap into the blogging world. It’s not easy, I’ve blogged before and at times, it felt like a full-time job. Please, don’t let that discourage you though! If blogging is on your mind and it can relate to you in some way or another, your name is great place to start. Unique names resonate especially well online. If you’re worried your name might be too common, you can always use a pen name or something fun and catchy. So many options out there!
I mean, let’s get real, today’s world is all things influencers! You can get paid to promote products and look cute at the same time. So um, where do I sign?
And you can link a variety of topics back to your own name. Like, make up, fashion, travel, and lifestyle (what is that exactly?) to name a few. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t fear what people might think, in this day and age it’s the new normal.
Seriously though, doesn’t the idea of building yourself into a brand feel empowering (other than terrifying and overwhelming)?
A name is just simply a name until you make it successful.
Once you’re on board with the idea of using your own name for a blog, it’s time to see what’s available! I used a free domain search and once I knew the domain could be mine, I checked all the social media platforms and got the handles that match. Or at least similar enough to make sense. Then bought the domain and got moving.
Is it pretentious?
I’m easy to google search. Probably from the small amount of modeling and acting I did in my twenties. Those experiences definitely impacted my decision to use my own name. I also give credit to that time in my life for inspiring me to launch a personal blog. Modeling pushed me to work out and eat healthy and take care of myself even with a busy schedule.
Oh and by the way, this is me, when I was brunette and fearless.
(It’s like I’m reading, but I’m really not.) Photo by Jesse Alford
You may not have a background in the industry, but that’s no reason to get discouraged! Remember people are going for it and you can too. At the end of the day, hard work and creativity are the forces behind your blogs ability to stand out from the rest.
So, no! I don’t think it’s pretentious as long as you’re doing it right, staying humble, being yourself, using your name for good content, and inspiring others.
How will people react?
It’s a risk to use your own name, I get that. And people suck sometimes, especially when they’re jealous. It comes down to taking the good with the bad and focusing on what makes you happy. Usually the people with “opinions” are not bold enough to pull off what you are, so their viewpoint doesn’t even matter. I’ve learned in life that people will always try to tear you down no matter what you do, so do it anyways! It’s always worth it in the end.
Negative energy is a great source of fuel (in case you were wondering).
At least that’s how me and my dog (Cowboy) roll! #backyardgoals
All of this, my random thoughts, are how I feel if you’re on the fence about using your own name for a blog. I know from being there myself. Just do what fits and feels right and the rest will fall into place (through blood, sweat and tears). A good blog is only as good as its content and to recap: a name is just simply a name until YOU make it successful.