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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