Weekend Ramblings | What’s in a name?

By Kiersten | Last Updated: December 24, 2011

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The hardest part of starting this blog wasn’t figuring out what I was going to write about or learning how to use Blogger. It was coming up with a name.

I had a lot of ideas–great ideas! I even had ideas that were in French. But whenever I had one of those “Yes, that’s it! That’s the name!” moments, I’d do a quick Google search and find that my super awesome, original no-one-could-possibly-be-using-this name was already taken. By the time I came up with The Type A Housewife, I was exhausted, didn’t want to think about it anymore, and glad that I had finally found something that was original.

A few weeks into my blogging career, I found out that The Type A Housewife was only semi-original. There’s a Type A Mom conference started by a blogger called the Type A Mom. And one of my blogging BFFs is the Texas Type A Mom. I felt a little bit defeated and worried that people would think that I was a copycat. But, having bought a domain and invested a lot of time into my blog, I figured I might as well stick with being The Type A Housewife.


And then I realized something else: people weren’t getting that the name of my blog was tongue-in-cheek. When I came up with The Type A Housewife, I was thinking 1950s stereotype, Martha Stewart–that unattainable ideal. I kind of felt like this was my alter-ego in a way, particularly after I started working from home. Although I had spent so much time in academia and then moved on to be really focused on my career, I still loved to cook and do crafts and all those things that some people find frivolous. Obviously, this is not something I can explain in every post I write, and people were under the impression that I was a housewife. And that’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with that. But then I started to get the feeling that some people thought that I was one of those people who thought that women shouldn’t work at all and instead should stay at home, slaving away at the stove all day. This? Horrified me. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to choose a name that requires so much explanation.

I think about changing the name of this blog about 5 times a day. I even have some potential names in mind. But now, everyone knows me as The Type A Housewife. I get lots of traffic from Google searches for my name, or my name and certain recipes I’ve written. I might not be the type a housewife, but I guess I am The Type A Housewife (for better or worse).

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You make me laugh, learn and enjoy reading your blog! When I decided to blog I had been reading Our Lame Adventures, written by my friend Julie and her sister. It looked like so much fun and she told me how to sign up on Blogger. Well, when I tried to enter the name I wanted Cats, Kids and Crafts it would not let me. I ended up with http://bkwilliams-catskidsandcrafts.blogspot.com/ which is way too long, but I did not know how to change it at that point. I wish I had just picked another title. Now I just deal with it! I don’t think the name or how we have to sign on to a blog is as important as the content. You always have neat stuff on both of your blogs!

I like the name of your blog, but know what you mean. I am SO happy I picked one that was so versatile and applies to both my blog and jewelry business. (Which is NOT working out- I swear I need to figure out how to market my stuff!)

Try poking around a thesaurus for ideas- it might lead you in a good direction, should you choose to change it. 🙂

I love the name of your blog! I think it’s perfect and even if you decide to change direction, the name will still fit. As for me, I think I need to stick with TTAH because it would completely mess up my search engine mojo if I change it now.

I love that you’re The Type A Housewife because I don’t know we would have found each other otherwise! How sappy does that sound?! Seriously though since blogging was sort of a secret at first this was definitely your alter ego.

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