Over the last couple of days, I have thought and thought and thought some more. I am a firm believer that God puts people and situations in your life when he thinks you need it the most. I understand that not everyone believes that, but I do.
I have gotten opinions from family, readers, and bloggers that I admire. The information that I have received has been tremendously beneficial. Some comments were a little painful to read and hear, but that is life. Sometimes, you have to put your big girl panties on and deal with it.
The advice that resonanted the most with me and even had my husband’s “don’t change the name” mindset spinning was from one of my blogger friends that I admire a lot. She emailed me the following:
I think where people may be confused is that even though your blog title mentions having OCD, it’s not really the main focus of your blog that I see. So maybe those that are getting upset are ones that have come directly to you blog expecting help and resources with dealing and living with OCD and are getting something else. Then they leave frustrated. I’m just guessing as I really have no idea but I love your site and your focus on home and family. If that is the direction you see your blog continuing I would suggest it might be a good idea to change the name now to avoid the hassle of attracting the wrong audience. It would definitely be harder to change your name the larger your blog gets. Your blog name should reflect about 95% of what your blog is about in my opinion.
You might not agree with her opinion and that is ok. But, I do and that is what matters the most.
And, here is my deep and dark secret…
Several times in the past year, I have tried to determine if I wanted to change the name.
1. When I came up with the blog name, I hated that I had to settle for the “lifestyle” portion for the url. “Life” was already taken. I do not like that my name and URL are not the same. It bothers me. Yeah, trivial, I know. But, it does.
2. I wasn’t sure if I liked the periods between the letters.
3. Second-guessing (like always)… Was it a good brand? Did I do it wrong? Should I have gone with something different? Maybe my name. Maybe I should’ve put something more personal instead of “life.” Personal meaning the name directly points to me. “Life” really doesn’t point to me, directly.
4. And, the big one… I have realized there is already an established brand with O.C.D. as the main name of the brand and it stands for almost the same thing as my blog. YIKES!!! When did that happen?!?!
So, what is the point of this post?
I pride myself on keeping myself pretty open with you guys. When I struggle, I share it. When I question myself, I share it. Well, here I am… Being vulnerable and laying it out on the table once again. I want to stand strong with this blog. I want it to represent me fully and wholeheartedly. I want to be able to defend it to the bitter end. And, that makes me step back and look at myself as a person, educator, blogger, and business creator.
My major in college was business, so you would think this situation would be a no-brainer, but it isn’t.
So, I am going to take it back to the beginning. I am going to use the words that my blogger friend gave me. But, I am going to do it in front of everyone and hopefully, with your help. It doesn’t mean I am going to change the name. It doesn’t mean I am going to keep the name. I need to evaluate my blogging goal and go from there.
So, welcome to my new series…
The Journey of a Name!
I hope that each one of you decide to continue along this path with me. If not, I understand, even though it will be a little upsetting. I know some feel I am caving to the pressure. But, in all honestly, I am using this time as a self-reflection. Plus, having an already established brand with the same acronym as mine is a pretty big deal. I want my blog and name to stand out and be original.
But, I can guarantee you one thing…
If I do decide to change it, the new name will be the one I keep, so it has to be perfect.