In a recent SOL post, a friend and colleague wrote about the challenge of choosing a name for a child. I remember it well. First, trying to work through names for girls and boys (nothing too popular, but nothing too obscure either), then drilling that list down to names that both my husband and I could agree on. I remember coming home from work one afternoon filled with excitement for the name Courtney, only to hear my husband say, “That’s a nice name…(elated)…for someone else’s child….(deflated).” After we crafted a list that worked for both of us, we tried out the first name with some middle names and then with the last name, making sure everything sounded just right. We also worked out every possible rhyme or play on words that could go with each name to protect our child from any bullies at school (There went Tucker, another of my favorites!). We even considered things like the length of the name – Was Mackensie going to be too long to write in first grade? – and how the name looked when you wrote it (in print and cursive). It went on and on.
Now I’m faced with a similar challenge. My daughter (Mackensie – a beautiful name if you ask me) suggested that the name of my blog could be changed to be more reflective of who I am and what I’m writing about. She’s right. Poonam1 doesn’t say much to anyone other than the few people who know where that name came from. “It sounds more like a password,” Mackensie said. Again, I agree.
My task this week is to rename my blog. Maybe I’ll name it Courtney!