As bloggers we are usually creative people by nature, so it makes sense that we often want to choose a creative brand name for our blog.
Your blog’s name makes an instant impression on your audience, so if you can find a unique name it can help you build a connection with them.
If you want to start a new blog or revamp an existing one, this guide to creative blog names should help you find the perfect name. We’ll cover ideas on how to come up with a name for your blog, practical tips on naming your blog, and how to take your blog from idea to reality.
Every blog needs a name and once you find the right one everything seems to fall into place. You’ll find it easier to build a brand around your blog, to attract your ideal readers, and to grow it into a successful business.
But where do you start? How do you find a good name for your blog?
In this section we’ll take a look at 11 different activities and ideas you could use to come up with the perfect blog name.
1. Have a Creative Thinking Session
One of the best ways to find a great name for your blog is to have a creative thinking session. You can do this digitally and make notes online, but the best way is to grab a big piece of paper or a notebook and a pen.
Sit down somewhere quiet and free from distractions — you want to be able to concentrate on nothing but your own thoughts and ideas. There are lots of different creative thinking exercises you could try, but these are some of our favourites:
- Write down any words that you feel strongly relate to your brand or mission
- Note down the feelings, emotions, and reactions you want your audience to feel
- Make a list of words that you feel a connection to — this could be because of their meaning, the way they sound, or how they look
- Pair some of these words together to create phrases or combinations
- Doodle and bring your ideas to life in pictures
- Bring in some colors, patterns or textures — you could even create a mini moodboard
2. Bring Your Friends Together
Sometimes the best ideas can come from a discussion or conversation with others.
Why not meet up with some friends or local creatives for some collective inspiration? Ask friends and family for their help — they might suggest words or phrases you hadn’t thought of.
If you don’t have anyone nearby who you can collaborate with, ask in a Facebook community — they’re full of creative business owners and bloggers.
3. Try a Rhyme or Alliteration
You want your blog to become memorable and a fun, catchy name can really help readers to remember you. To inject some creativity into your blog name, why not try a rhyme or alliteration?
If you revisit your list from the creative thinking exercises above, you might find some words you could pair together that rhyme or start with the same letters. This could combine your niche and your name (e.g. Artsy Amy), describe your vibe (e.g. Happy Home), or your niche (e.g. Forever Fashion).
For a real life example, Brooklyn Blonde is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger from Brooklyn, who happens to be blonde.
4. Be Inspired by Your Identity
We are all wonderfully unique people, so bring some of your originality into your blog name. Do you have a particular moment or experience that inspired you to start a blog? Does your audience have a certain characteristic in common?
You could find a truly creative blog name if you infuse it with your identity, history, background, or traditions. For example, Beyond Buckskin is a blog dedicated to Native American fashion, something which matches the name perfectly.
We recommend that you stick to the English language for your blog name, but you could bring in elements from your own language or culture to add interest — for example, a French fashion blog could be called “Le Petit Style.”
5. Evoke an Emotional Reaction
When people land on your blog and read through your content, you want them to feel an emotional connection to it. If your content captures your reader’s attention and makes them feel something, they’re more likely to read more.
You might want them to feel joy as they discover a new musician that they’ll grow to love on your music blog, or a sense of calm after they read your self-care guide. If your content is driven by emotion, it can make sense to make reference to that within your blog name.
From the example above, your wellness blog could become “Calm and Well” or “Living Lighter.” If you have a fashion blog that’s full of color and patterns, a creative blog name for you could be “Pop and Print” or “My Bright Style.”
6. Create a Catchphrase
While shorter blog names are more popular, you can also grow a successful blog with a longer, catchphrase-style name too.
Brandable names inspired by phrases or sayings work especially well for travel, lifestyle, and personal blogs, where your personality can often become central to your blog’s content.
7. End With a Suffix
By now lots of one-word domain names and company names are already taken — as are many phrases and combinations, too. There’s only a finite number of names available, so sometimes your perfect name is already in existence.
A way around this is to add a suffix to the end of your desired blog name. It’s a trend that originated in the startup world that’s become popular in blogging, too. Some popular examples from the business world include Grammarly and Teachable.
One of the most well-known fashion blogs, The Sartorialist, is an example of a blog name that ends in a suffix.
Here are some popular suffixes to inspire you:
8. Try a Mashup
Another way to feature the word you really want, even if it’s taken, is to create a mashup. If you combine two or more words you can create a whole new word, or a new take on a popular word or phrase. This is a really creative approach to blog naming.
Blogilates is a popular example of a mashup. The name combines blog with pilates, and perfectly describes the kind of blog posts you can expect.
If you have a list of words that you’d like to create a mashup of, try a blog name generator like Name Mesh for inspiration. You can enter your words and it’ll return results for you based on available domain names. Other creative name generators include Wordoid and Panabee.
9. Create an Unusual Pairing
Blog names that combine two words continue to be popular, as they’re an easy way to add some context to your niche or describe your content.
You can take advantage of this trend and find a creative blog name if you opt for an unusual pairing of words. Think of two words that you traditionally wouldn’t put together. This could be colors or patterns, opposite adjectives, or concepts that feel surprising.
Take travel blog Local Adventurer, for example. When we think of adventures and travel we might think of faraway places or exotic destinations. This blog brings the focus home, with content that helps people explore their hometowns better.
Unusual pairings are also popular with fashion and beauty blogs. The Budget Fashionista inspires fashion lovers to indulge their passion on a budget, in a world where fashion can be expensive and unattainable.
10. Change a Popular Phrase
We walked about catchphrases in one of our earlier tips, but if you can’t create one of your own, why not be inspired by a popular one?
There are so many sayings and phrases that have become part of life, and some of them would make a really creative blog name.
A great example of this is Almost Makes Perfect, a home decor and DIY blog with a name that’s a play on the phrase “practice makes perfect.”
11. Include Your Name
While it might not immediately sound like a creative idea, a blog that features your name can be a smart move. It allows you to build a personal brand and invites readers to feel an instant connection to you, as you become the face of your blog.
Nomadic Matt is a wonderful example of how you can integrate your name into a creative blog name. His travel blog features travel tips and tricks, as well as travel guides that you can buy. The name helps you to build a picture of the author and content immediately, and is more unique than something like “Matt Travels” or “Travel with Matt.”
As you write down ideas for your creative blog name, there are a few things to keep in mind. You might have to consider any legal issues like trademarks or copyright, as well as whether there are already bloggers in your niche with a similar name.
To research trademarks or copyrights in the U.S., you can search the trademark database. Different countries have a different approach to this, so make sure you fully research the legislation and any restrictions in your local area.
If you want to make sure that your chosen blog name isn’t too similar to others, type the phrase into a search engine and see if anything comes up. You can also search on social media channels like Instagram to see if influencers are active under the name there. This is especially important in niches like tech, where lots of blog names start with “Tech.”
Along with legal or branding concerns, now is also a good time to reflect on your creative blog name and ask yourself a few questions, like:
- Will this name appeal to my target audience?
- Is it easy to pronounce?
- Can it be mistaken for something else?
- Is it memorable?
- Does it describe my content or mission?
Once you’re happy with your new blog name, it’s time to register your domain through a platform like Bluehost.
The next step is to sign up for web hosting for your blog. Web hosting is where the content and data for your blog will be stored, and once linked with your domain name, you’ll be able to promote your blog to the world.
We recommend WordPress hosting with Bluehost as an affordable choice for bloggers. WordPress is our top choice as it’s the most popular content management system (CMS) that allows you to build a blog easily, with plenty of customization options when it comes to themes, functionality, and design. Visit our guide on how to set up a WordPress blog for an in-depth look at how to start a blog.
Bluehost offers dedicated WordPress hosting which includes automatic updates, so you can spend more of your time on your content.
This Is Just the Beginning
After you’ve found the perfect name for your blog, registered your domain, and set up your web hosting, it’s time to get serious with your blogging.
Customize the look and feel of your blog. There are thousands of WordPress themes available, so you’ll be able to find one that matches your needs and customize it to suit your brand perfectly. Once you’ve found the right one for you, follow our guide on how to install your WordPress theme.
The next step is to create content for your blog. The most successful bloggers plan in advance, so take some time to write down ideas for your blog posts for the next month or quarter and begin work on them. You’ll also want to write content for your blog’s pages, including some information about you and your blog, and how people can contact you.
With a creatively-named blog and plenty of content ready to go, you can then launch your blog to the world. To help you along the way, make sure you sign up to our VIP subscribers list for our latest blogging tips and advice on how to monetize your blog for success.