I know it’s supposed to be Fundraising Friday, but with all the changes going around about the name of this blog, I had to write about it. I will return to some fundraising info next Friday. I promise!
Now back to names AGAIN.
I have always loved my name. It’s Shann, pronounced Shhhhhh…..Ann. Like Shannon without the O-N. Even when people mispronounce it, or ask me if it’s short for something, I still love it. I even had a teacher in high school ask if it was my real name. Um. Yes.
There’s nothing you can really shorten it too (which is part of the reason my parents named me,) and it’s unique without being too weird. At least I think so. I never had to worry about another person in my class at school with the same name.
I would sometimes get bummed out when I couldn’t find my name on a key chain or mug in a store, but when I would get something personalized it made it super special.
As for the Eva part, well, that’s my middle name. I’m named after my Great Grandma. It’s a little more common than Shann, but I still like it. Especially together.
Which is why I had such a big emotional break down yesterday. It took me a long time to come up with the name for this blog, and I thought it was unique. My brother-in-law had posted the saying on my Facebook wall:
Boy, n. 1. A noise with dirt on it
After sharing the post with my husband, who also thought it was perfect, my blog name was born. The .com URL wasn’t available, but at the time there were no other blogs out there that I could find with the name. I figured it must be a business or something. Plus, at the time, I was writing as therapy, and family and friends were just reading.
To find out that someone else had the same name blog was just crushing to me.
Now, I know in the big scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal. I’m not changing MY name. But still, it’s something I’ve been working hard at for a while now, so it knocked the wind out of me.
So, next step. What was I going to do.
I brainstormed. My husband brainstormed. My Mom and Dad brainstormed. Nothing seemed quite right. Then, a friend of mine told me that her blog name and her site URL are not the same. She suggested that I just use my own name as my URL, then I could take my time and re-name my blog when I came up with something I really felt good about.
I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!! www.shanneva.com feels right.
It may not be as catchy as “Dirt and Noise,” but it’s mine. All mine. My name….so don’t wear it out. 🙂