We’ve talked before about the genesis of Kitten Heel Marvel. In short, this blog was formerly titled “So I Don’t Forget,” in reference to reminding myself not to forget my love of writing. After experiencing a really weird and long strain of writer’s block, a former co-worker suggested that I blog in an attempt to keep my creative brain stimulated. I took her advice, and “So I Don’t Forget” was born. However, I wanted something more eye-catching, more interesting to call my little JournaBlog. Enter kitten heels. Literally, inspiration came by way of shoe.I bought a pair of kitten heels at the store one day and marveled at the combination of comfort and dressiness they provided me. (Late bloomer, ok? Just…late bloomer.) Yes, I really did marvel at a pair of shoes. But I started reflecting that life itself is a marvel. To be human is a marvel. Writing, thoughts, family, work…all part of the marvelous human experience, my human experience. Enter Kitten Heel Marvel.Well, this morning, I read “Ten Steps to Better Blogging” from WordPress. The “Get Focused” feature caught my eye, and it was an interesting read. Essentially, a particular thought stood out to me from the article:
Even if you’ve been blogging regularly for years, this is a good opportunity to revisit and refine your site’s focus.
I went all existential on Kitten Heel Marvel. What is the true focus of this site? What does it all mean? Can my life, writing, and experiences fit into a neat one or two-word format, like Travel or Pop Culture? After all, when I started my other blog baby, The Lonely Passport, it was done with a specific goal in mind: discuss my adventures, love, and plans for all-things travel and only travel. And you know what? Early on, I enjoyed posting on The Lonely Passport more than I did for Kitten Heel Marvel. (If these two things were children, I would so be on the Maury Show for the “Giiiirrrl, you Playin’ Favorites!” episode.) The Passport felt more streamlined, neater, interesting. Perhaps it was because I could take a less personal (read: less revealing about yours truly) approach to the Passport, whereas Kitten Heel Marvel is purely about me, even if I do tend to hold back for reasons I’ve mentioned before. (Still working on that.) Or, perhaps I considered the Passport as having more of a structure, and sometimes I looked at the Marvel as more of a free-for-all. In a battle of specificity and generality, I would almost always choose the former, and I think, in the beginning, the Passport represented that to me. These days, though, I love all my children equally, which is largely evidenced by my equally irregular posting for both blogs. All about equality, I am.
But remember: I went all existential on the Marvel. And I had to ask the following big question: is it the name of this blog that has me thinking about its true focus? Do name, content, and focus go hand in hand? There are countless of blogs that I enjoy visiting. And you know what? Most of them have blog names that uniquely express the content you’re about to find. Even The Lonely Passport gives you a huge clue that it’s travel-related. So what is Kitten Heel Marvel saying? Fashion blog? Shoe blog? Marvel comics? Or does it all even matter?
I call this forum my little JournaBlog because it is precisely that to me: a journal. I journal about my life, my thoughts, my writing, all things uniquely related to me that I would like to share. But if we want to categorize Kitten Heel Marvel, I would call it a lifestyle blog, for sure. All aspects of my life, posted for your reading pleasure, if you so choose to read. And perhaps that is the focus: all things uniquely related to me. It may not be a one or two-word description about the format, but there it is…
However, and to be super honest, I’m wondering about this name. Because in all written work, there’s nothing like a good title…
Tell me: what kind of thought did you put into the name of your blogs, if you blog? Do you think a good name inherently goes with the interest readers will have in your blog? Did the name inspire the focus/content, or was it the other way around? Does it even matter? And lastly, because I’m all about questions, obviously, should I think about retiring Kitten Heel Marvel as a name?