Noo! Are We Running Out of Names for Design Blogs?

I don’t know why exactly I’m writing this, I might even be making some enemies in this post, but this phrase struck me like a ton of bricks. The question here is, “Is the Design Community Running out of Names for Blogs?” My answer to this is, Yes and No, let me explain though.

Yes, we are running out of names!

My reason for saying “Yes” to this is that if you think of anything Photoshop or design related for a domain name, it’s taken. Nowadays you see so many blogs that have huge resemblance in their names, where you think to yourself, why did the guy even start that blog? Why didn’t he just contribute to his older twin brother?

To make my point valid here, I am going to have to use examples. I just want to say thank you to the blogs that I will be mentioning below for understanding that I am only using them as examples and that I do not have anything against them, whatsoever.

With the great success of some blogs in the community, obviously there will be a lot of people who would want to follow in their footsteps to success, but choosing a similar name won’t put you right up there, sure it might boost your ranks a bit because you have a relatively similar name and you write design related articles, but is it worth it not being unique?

Smashing Magazine – Launched 2006

Smashing Apps – Launched 2007

Smashing Buzz – Launched 2009

Smashing Share – Launched 2009

Smashing Post – Launched 2009

Smashing Center – Launched 2009

Smashing Hub – Launched 2010

Smashing Universe – Launched 2010

Smashing Wall – Launched 2010

Smashing was just one of the examples that I used in this case, there are many other sites that have similar names out there too. I’m not targeting the blogs above, just using them as examples.

No, there are still hundreds of names out there

You heard my “Yes” version above and now its time for my “No” version. The reason why I say no, we aren’t running out of names, is because there are literally hundreds of thousands of words out there that haven’t been used in the web design field. Being unique will definitely attract attention towards you and using a word that doesn’t mean anything usually counts in your favor as you can make up a meaning for it. I think people have to give there blogs some thought before actually creating and launching it. There are so many options you can choose, be different, set a trend.

I know Creativeoverflow is also based on Creative, something to do with design, that was the point of it though, overflowing with creativity is something that doesn’t happen very often to people that have a lot of work and stress. However we try to help them achieve the state where there creativity will overflow.

What is your thoughts on this?

So now that you have heard my version of this, “it was just my opinion.” What is your thoughts on the topic? Are you guilty of choosing a common name back in the day or are you setting trends?

Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: Jacquesvh.com - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

4 Comments
  1. Reply Rob Bowen March 7, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I would say that in some cases, certainly not all, that those who came after tend to be trying to bite on the name recognition of the already established sites. Trying to make users think that they are somehow related to or connected with the other design blogs.

    Couple that with the fact that you have those, we’ll just call them ‘opportunists’ who run out and buy up any design related domain name they can think of without the intention of ever doing anything with it other than selling it off at an inflated rate. So that certainly isn’t helping. Just my two cents.

    • Reply Jacques van Heerden March 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Thanks for the comment Rob, I do think there is still major room for new design blogs, especially with those serving unique purposes or simply focusing on a single genre of design.

  2. Reply Dessign March 8, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    People always will try to copy others success, but to all those who copy others just remember…

    There are Innovates,There are Imitators, and There are Idiots…

    I hope you are Innovating,

    Marios

  3. Reply Dathan March 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    You forgot http://www.smashingeeks.com/ Thanks for the collection, found some good ones.

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