Name That Blog!

Gail at Clay and Limestone wrote a wonderful essay yesterday on how she named her blog — when you see the lovely gardens she’s built in the most tenuous and stubborn soil conditions, you’ll be suitably impressed. She asked, at the end of her explanation, how other bloggers named their blogs, so I’m joining in.

When I first started blogging, most of my sporadic posts were related to writing; I was working on the next best seller at the time, you see…or several of them, truth be told…and still do from time to time. Though the entries were, perhaps, well-written, there were a lot of “potato posts” as Stephen Parrish calls them: “Today I got up, had a shower and decided to go to the store for potatoes… Not much else to write today.” Posts of little substance.

Who wants to read that drivel, I asked myself on more than one occasion. Who cares? It’s as if I’m talking to myself. And bingo, Soliloquy was born.

My first header on Blogger featured a hideous combination of lime green and blue, and a coffee cup.  It seemed approprite at the time, though the header graphic changed a gazillion times through the years.A soliloquy, by definition, is:

1 : the act of talking to oneself
2 : a dramatic monologue that represents a series of unspoken reflections

In drama, a soliloquy is a device which allows a character to speak directly to the audience.

A series of unspoken reflections — it suited my reasons for blogging perfectly. It didn’t matter whether anyone read my posts or not, it was a place where I could bare my soul and share my thoughts, almost anonymously.

I’ve become a bit braver since those first, feeble posts, sharing my love of nature and gardening, even sharing a bit of my poetry and photography, two of the many things about which I am passionate.

So Gail, that’s how Soliloquy came to be…Soliloquy! Anyone else care to join in?


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

20 thoughts on “Name That Blog!”

  1. Nancy,

    You’ve written a wonderful post! I can’t imagine ever thinking your writing was, how did you put it, drivel! Never have I experienced drivel. Your photos, your posts and your quotes have always seemed to me to be deeply personal and often ask this reader to consider what she has read!

    Thank you for your kind words and the link!


  2. Nancy, Being a Shakespeare fan, I always loved your title. Now I can appreciate it even more knowing how and why you chose it for your blog.
    I’ve never heard the “potato post” term before, but that’s so funny–I feel as though that’s what I write sometimes. But I have never read a “potato post” on your blog! Your photography, as I’ve often said, is stunning. But I love the combination of poetry and quotes with the photos. They’re thought-provoking and often calming at the end of the day.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. What a wonderful explanation of how your blog came to be & the name. It is a perfect definition of your writings & beautiful photography Nancy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Nancy, drivel??? Don’t even think that. The most moving post I have ever read, ever, was you post about your former house and garden and how you felt about it and your plans for the future. I think about you and that story often. Thanks so much for your blog and your friendship.

    Frances at Faire Garden

  5. It’s the perfect title for your blog Nancy. You always make me think, and I always feel enriched after visiting here.

  6. I think it’s brilliant! A definite home run. So glad you found the perfect fitting name because it really does require a lot of thought, doesn’t it??

  7. So that’s Soliloquy…I do enjoy your reflections…hmmm there’s a blog title. My own title of course does not take much thought or explanation ;-)…but what to do if we move.

  8. I read and enjoyed Gail’s post yesterday – and I noticed your comment – so I am delighted to read your explanation of how your blog got its name.
    I have always liked the word “Soliloquy” – that must come from A level English at school, and Nancy, I enjoy your unspoken reflections.
    Warm regards

  9. Hi Nancy,

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing that. Four years – I’m very impressed.

    I wrote a bit on this some months ago. Why Giraffe Head Tree? It is a bit unusual and if anyone’s interested it’s the March 28, 2008 entry. I liked the photo so much that I incorporated it into my new banner.

    The name Clay and Limestone is a great name – I’m going to check them out.

  10. That is a very cool name and an interesting story. I posted how my name came to be on Gail’s blog, but essentially, I just didn’t have any other creative ideas , lol.

  11. Thank you Nancy for stopping by.)
    It is interesting how blog names come about. I think your suits you to a tea. You are a wonderful writer and so many people enjoy to read what you have to say in your own wonderful, thoughtful words.

  12. What a ponderable name for your blog Nancy. Thank you for explaining how you came to name your blog.

    I have in the past written about how I named my blog but I can’t seem to find it. I will look further or write about it again.

  13. Thanks, Nancy. You just gave me the topic for my post tomorrow. I’ve been wallowing in paint and epoxy fumes for days now and will begin to come up for air… I love the name of your blog. Always thought it was so classy, and the person who named it that just had to be classy too. And after getting to know you all these months, I’ve learned that you, Nancy, are a true class act if ever I’ve seen one!

  14. I think my original blog name would take a lot more explaination than the current name. I like to chat about whatever strikes my fancy. Maybe I’ll talk about The Warden is IN sometime, but I think Anna’s the only reader I had in those days.

  15. quite often a blog name will draw me in, it is – obviously – a teaser. your blog, Nancy, is one of those blogs that i came to because of the name. Soliloquy remains one of my favourite names! it is apt, playful and very creative.
    in general it is one of the things i love about the world of blogs – seeing how creative people can be when it comes to picking their blog name. so incredibly many great / funny / creative ones out there!
    thanks for explaining.
    (my explanation is on my front page).

  16. Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave your comments and your very kind words. I cherish and appreciate each and every one of your visits…and hope you will continue to make Soliloquy a frequent place to pause.

  17. Nancy, dearest. Your blog is perfectly titled. Like several others who have commented here, I always click on a blog because its title pulls me in like a fish on a line. I stop by here almost daily because it’s a place that brings me peace and calm. It’s meditative and soothing and just so you. Even when I don’t comment (though I always should) I’m here, and your blog’s name is what drew me in. “Don’t change a hair for me….” la de da, la de dum…..(singing) (poorly)

  18. Playing catch up a bit, will have to go and find Gail’s posting. I think you have chosen well. Reflections, whether anyone reads them or not, keep you true to yourself. To thine ownself be true…. Too often is seems we adapt to what we think the reader wants to see. I keep reminding myself that I need to keep my voice. I appreciate comments, but if no one comments, it is ok. Soliloquy is perfect.

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