For the last year or so I’ve been thinking about my blog name and how much I hate it. See, unless you know my last name (Finch), the “bird” part doesn’t make much sense. Also– I didn’t realize this when I first named my blog, but there’s an underlayer of “I am stupid and so are the books I read” to “Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog”. Once I realized that was there, it slowly ate away at my blogging confidence…until I almost wanted to not blog any longer.
Then on Saturday I read two amazing posts at Nose Graze: Your thoughts on blog name changes and Changing Your Blog Name — What You Need To Know Before Doing It. It unlocked something in my brain: I could change my blog name. I could do it, and it wouldn’t be that hard to do! Sure, I’d lose some of the work I’d put into my blog over the last almost-5 years (mostly in name recognition), but the chance to rebrand myself and get back some of my blogging happiness was very much worth it.
(Also, I have enough time before BEA to get the necessary things changed before I met all those new publicists and whatnot. And get new business cards! Good thing I didn’t buy my new set yet.)
Therefore, I have some exciting news! From today onward Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog is no more. (Moment of silence, please.) Here There Be Books lives instead!
I’ve always loved the “here there be dragons” thing, and I also love the (much more positive) connotations behind my new blog name. Discovery! Adventure! Finding treasure on every shelf! Also it’s got a slight fantastical feeling to it, which makes me feel kinda dashing. The content will be the same (with maybe a few addition exciting things added), though, so no worries! Only the label has changed.
Over the next week or so I’ll be changing various things: my header, various social media usernames, my RSS feeds, etc. I think I can do all that without making you all resubscribe, so you don’t have to worry about that! (If you ARE worried, the new feed should be here.) I’m working on getting the redirect for the old blog address working, but for right now the new address is http://heretherebebooks.net.
Let me know if anything’s broken, please! I think I’ve got the major stuff switched over, but I can’t be sure until someone tells me it’s okay.
Have you ever changed your blog name? If so, why?
WOULD you ever change your blog name? Why or why not?