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?
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?