Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Behind the Blog Name

When people discover that I'm a blogger, the first question I get is always what's the name of your blog. The second question I am usually am asked is why I chose the name that I did.  People commonly think that I love " the shore", which is true but there is more to it than that.


Let's start with how the blog came about..
I started blogging in January of 2013. It was winter break of my freshman year in college.  My college started the second semester a few weeks later than most of my friends who were attending universities in Pennsylvania.  My family had all gone back to work and school after enjoying the holidays, so I had a lot of free time. I took advantage of this time by doing a bit of reflection on the previous semester, where I was at in life, and began to think about what my future might look like.  I had done well in school, but there was definitely room for more improvement as I headed into the next semester. Although I did well, managed to play a college sport, and maintain a semi long distance relationship I still felt like something was missing. The semester required a lot of studying, practicing, lifting, attending meetings, and time spent at field hockey practice. With everything going on, I was in need of a creative outlet.  

I had been reading blogs for several months at the time because a college freshman can never get enough advice and what better advice is there than a great blogger. After reading blogs religiously, I thought it would be fun to start my own. I loved to write, take pictures, and network. It took some time to figure out where to even begin. Once I chose a platform, it was time to brainstorm what I would write about and what to call my corner of the internet.  I decided that I would share what I know the most about-navigating life as a college student.  Over time this has transitioned into just navigating life..another lifestyle blog written by a millennial. 

So how did the name come about? I played around with about twenty different names, but The Shore Life According to M just seemed to really stick with me. I was going to college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I loved the beach, and as a type A perfectionist I like to be sure of everything I do. I didn't want to commit to a name that was specific to a certain topic because I knew my blog would grow with me over time, and we tend to outgrow certain interests as we get older. 

While I only attended college on the Eastern Shore for a year, I chose to keep my blog name because it was here that I found my passion for writing, discovered who I am, set the long term goals I still am striving to achieve, set some of my core values, and began to transition from a child to an adult. I will always see my time on the Shore as a pivotal point in my life, so keeping this name honors that. Plus, for branding reasons I don't deem is necessary to change names. I like how it is unique and serves as a great conversation starter.  

XOXO

18 comments:

  1. I love hearing about how bloggers came up with their blog names!! Yours has always been a fav read! :-)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  2. I struggled with finding a blog name I liked at first as well! I'm glad you found one that you love.

    - Leah www.cuteandclassyblog.com

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  3. Aww, love the meaning behind your blog name! It's so difficult to find a blog name that you love.

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  4. Love hearing behind the name of your blog!

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  5. Great story! Love finding out how bloggers named their blogs!

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  6. Awh, thanks for sharing such a personal story!! :) Your name is totally unique, and is definitely perfect for you :)

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  7. One of my favorite things is hearing about how and why bloggers chose their names! So interesting and fun to learn about!!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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  8. Love hearing how you came up with your name! Such a unique and personal story behind it!

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  9. Great story! Blog names should be personal, and yours definitely is!

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  10. Great story- your blog name is super cute and I love the personal touch!

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  11. What a cool story behind your blog name. I have a type A personality as well, so I totally know how it feels to want to be sure of everything! :)

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  12. What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is so sweet! I am always wondering how people came up white their names
    - xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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  14. Love this post! I loved reading how you came up with your blog name and I love the fact that you kept it even if you only went to that school for a short time because of how much you found yourself there! :)

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  15. I really love your blog name! So cool to learn how it came to be!

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  16. I love learning the names behind the blog! It's a really great name and it's fun to learn a little more inside about people.

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  17. I love hearing about how other bloggers found their niche and their perfect name. It's always so interesting and inspiring!

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  18. Picking a blog name is definitely the hardest but most important part of starting out! It's the first thing people see when they come across you and it really sets the brand of who you are.

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