“Why did you choose the name “Blogging Without A Blog?””

This is a question Natural, of Thinking Out Loud, recently asked me in an email.

Today’s Lesson:

When I knew I wanted to blog, finding a domain name was the first thing on my list.

I brain stormed with myself, tried dozens of possible names, but they were all taken.

It was at that point that I went back to journaling.

Many pages later, I ended a sentence with , “Here I sit, blogging without a blog”

Hence, the name was born.

It may sound silly, but it’s original.

It’s a long name. When I type my URL, I often make typos.

I did find out it’s good in terms of search engines, i.e. keyword targeted.

When I speak of my blog (in my posts), I shorten it to BWAB.

In the end, it’s me, and to all of my fans, hopefully it’s unforgettable. 8)

Today’s Assignment

I’ll repeat Natural’s question, “Why did you name your blog what you did?’

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  1. Hi Barbara,

    I was torn between starting a blog on conflict resolution, and starting a blog on being playful. However, when I researched both topics I couldn’t find a single blog on being playful (which surprised me a lot), so that made the decision for me.

    Surprisingly, it took me a long time to think of the name. I probably thought of about 50 names before I came up with ‘beplayful’. When I looked up the domain, I was surprised to find I could have,, or I chose .org because I felt it flowed best, and I wanted my URL to be my brand name (like,,

    If anyone out there knows of any other blogs devoted to being playful, do let me know!

    Thanks for another great post Barbara.


    David | beplayfuls last blog post..Catalysts of Creativity

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi David,

    You’re welcome.

    It is amazing that you can’t find any other blogs on being playful, when it’s such an important part of life.

    What a great way to build your brand.

  3. At first I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about, but I knew what my name is!

    Hunter Nuttalls last blog post..Washing Dishes Is A Waste Of Life?

  4. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    You already know why I named my blog Three Weddings. The short answer is because I am raising three girls (weddings). My very first post explained it in more detail and I have a link in my left sidebar. If anyone is interested in the details, feel free to drop by and check out my post “Why Three Weddings”.

    Debbie Yosts last blog post..Mother’s Tea

  5. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara, its fun to know why people choose the name that they do for their blog. I like to know the history behind it. I better check to see if I mentioned why I named my blog ThinkingOutLoud…I doubt I put that on my page. Duh.

    I like to know how a name relates, if not a personal name, to the person or the blog’s content. I couldn’t figure yours out, but since you told me, it all makes sense. Glad I asked. It’s fun and memorable.


    Naturals last blog post..4 Ways to Avoid Arguments About Money

  6. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara–I too struggled with a name for my blog in the beginning. Then it hit me that my blog will pretty much deal with my family and more specifically my children.

    Every one at home, says “what” even the three year old, they picked it up from me. The rest of course is history…LOL

    Chriss last blog post..Growing Old

  7. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Hunter,

    lol, your name is always a safe choice.

    Hi Debbie,

    I love the story of how your blog name was born, and I love your footer. So appropriate.

    Hi Natural,

    Thanks for the inspiration for this post. You name is very obvious, and a great choice.

    Hi Chris,

    When I heard the name of your blog, I was like “what?”, and now it all makes sense. 🙂

  8. You have a cool blog name, Barbara.

    My blog name is admittedly longer than I’d like, but I decided to go with it because it explains exactly what my blog themes are:

    1. Creative (my passion for art, music, etc.)
    2. Journey (my passion for living a spiritual journey)
    3. Cafe (my passion for cafes & community)

    I tried coming up with a shorter catchier name, but nothing stuck and I wanted to venture forth!

    Mark – Creative Journey Cafes last blog post..A Creative Way to Listen to Your Favorite Music

  9. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Mark,

    And a great venture you’re on.

    Your name describes your blog perfectly, and your content is a perfect match. Keep up the great work.

  10. John HoffNo Gravatar says:

    Ah…I always wondered about that name. I never really thought of it, but you’re right – that’s a great web address for out buddy Googlebot to gobble up.

    I can’t remember a few of the first web addresses / business names I came up with, but I remember the urls were already taken. I view business and entrepreneurship as a quest or a journey that never ends (like how a computer tech never stops learning because things change).

    I wanted the name to represent some kind of adventure but at the same time show people it had something to do with business. Born then was eVentureBiz (the small e represents things online like e-commerce; Venture represents an adventure; and Biz, well – you know 🙂

    @Hunter – you’re funny.

    John Hoffs last blog post..How To Buy A House Like A Real Estate Investor: Part 4 – Getting Your Closing Costs Covered

  11. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Just like you, the title of my blog predates my finding the blogosphere. When I was a teenager I went fishing through the dictionary and found the word cacophony. Right away I thought of the oxymoron “Silent Cacophony.”

    I got a coil notebook and titled it “Silent Cacophony.” It was my first attempt at a book. But it was basically a blog. I had a bunch of posts, as it were, on a variety of different topics. I had the lofty goal to explain the universe. Back then I had it figured out. Boy was I naïve. Anyway. That’s the story of my blog’s title.

    Chase Marchs last blog post..Fuel For Our Bodies

  12. Oh I always find your blog pretty easily – somehow I just can’t forget it which works out in both our favor 🙂

    InMyHeels.. well, I racked my brain long and hard. It had to feel right – you know what I mean?

    I kept thinking I wanted a site that was empathetic to the issues we face and full of tips we could all use. Things like that. So in thinking ‘how do I relate to you and know what you’re going through/what you need? Someplace full of stuff you could use in every day life and live well..”

    I then thought of the phrase “walk in my shoes”, partly because I feel odd in my own situation with losing hubby and how I stick out like a sore thumb..

    …except Heels instantly booted Shoes out in my mind haha

    and with a happy squeal, I instantly checked to see if anyone had used InMyHeels and
    She was born. lol – I was SO happy you just might laugh!

    It so interesting reading how everyone got their urls!

  13. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    Ignorance is bliss at times. I didn’t even know what “targeting” search engines meant when I chose the name.

    I like how you came up with your name. The “e” is so popular now, and with your web hosting, it’s perfect.

    Hi Chase,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    So, you were blogging without a blog, too.

    You taught me a new word…cacophony. From clicking on your blog, I see you are a teacher and writer. I’ll be visiting you shortly to see what else I can learn.

    Hope to see you here more often. 🙂

    Hi JEMi

    I love the name of your blog. When Natural told me about it, and I landed on your site, I knew I was in for a treat. The first post I read was about the loss of your husband. It brought tears to my eyes, and I was hooked. I love how you write from the heart, and even though it might sound like a girly blog, your life’s lessons are applicable to all.

  14. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – your blog name is definitely memorable, so it’s a good one.

    Initially – I was going to call my blog Success Passcode – simply because I searched many different domains and none were available. While I was waiting – I used my own name. Then i decided I didn’t like Success Passcode so didn’t point the name at it.

    With hindsight – I wish I’d kept my own name for something else and used another domain, but it’s too late to change now.

    Cath Lawsons last blog post..Is StumbleUpon Going Down The Tubes?

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine,

    I think because you have used your name (as your blog name) for so long, it has branded you and your blog as one that offers great business advice.

    Keep up the good work!!!!

  16. Barbara, I just came to visit for the first time. My blog has its first anniversary coming up on June 1. I picked the title Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker for several reasons. I called it Spiritual Journey because that is what I write about, the spiritual lessons that my life has taught me. I write to give others who come from abusive childhoods hope and share the things that worked or didn’t work for me to help me escape my own abuse. I added the Lightworker part of the title from inspiration. I had only recently begun to see myself in that light. I wanted to affirm it in my own mind and claim it as who I am.

    The title as well as subtitle “My creativity comes from the Universe and benefits the Universe through the sharing of my journey.” was inspired. It didn’t feel like it came from me. The words came through my mind and as I heard them, I wrote them down. It says what I want my blog to accomplish and touches the gratitude that I feel for the people and lessons that have come into my life. If one other incest or other abuse survivor reads my words and is comforted or inspired to leave an abusive situation behind then my purpose has been fulfilled. Nice to meet you. Have a glorious day.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworkers last blog post..Mirroring—Good And Bad In Each Of Us

  17. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    Your blog will definitely help others. Often people feel they are alone in their situations, and by reading your words it may help them know they have options.

    You’re doing a great service to others, and by doing so, it sounds like you’re finding inner strength and peace. That’s a great accomplishment, isn’t it?

    I’ll be by your blog to read your writings.