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Behind the Blog: What's in a Name?

Naming a blog is really hard.

Much like naming a baby, you have to pick something that will stand the test of time.

When I first started blogging (on Xanga--remember that!?!), I don't think you even needed a blog name, just a username.

When Landon and I got married, I started a new blog here on Blogger. Originally, I figured that the blog was about us and our adventures, so I went with the super boring, very generic "The Adventures of the Jones" (only we aren't really the Jones).

It was functional, but I never could get happy with it. Plus, there was the whole "I have my entire name and life on the internet for anyone to see" issue. I wanted to find a larger blog following than just our close friends and family, but the privacy (or lack there of) issue was a big stumbling block.

In early 2013, I decided to breathe new life into my blog with a new name and new brand. I was finally going to find my bloggy niche and a larger following.

So, what to name it?

On a trip to Savannah, Georgia, I visited the Bonaventure Cemetery and saw the grave of writer Conrad Aiken. On his gravestone, it reads: "Conrad Aiken, Cosmos Mariner: Destination Unknown."

Apparently, Aiken saw a ship listed in the port's logs named the "Cosmos Mariner." Usually, the ship's destination (London, Hong Kong, etc.) was listed, but this entry in the log simply said, "Destination Unknown." Aiken thought that the entry was poetic and spoke to our collective journey through life.

After all, aren't we all seeking after our own destinations? And we are all mariners through the cosmos on our ship called Earth.

I fell in love with the phrase for all of the same reasons that Conrad Aiken did and thought it would be perfect for my blog's name. Call me weird for finding my blog's name on a gravestone, but I like the semi-creepy, Romantic (with a big R) story behind the name. I am the weird kid that had a collection of ghost and folk stories from all of the places that I visited. (Most kids collected baseball cards; I was the one searching through the local bookstore for a ghost story.)

I write about my life and everything in it--and I have no idea how it will all turn out. And that's okay. I'm perfectly happy being a mariner of the cosmos without a set destination. That's what makes life interesting!

Over a year into the new name, I'm loving it, and I wish I'd come across it sooner. I will never, ever change my blog name again!

What's the story behind your blog name? Did you ever change it? Do you wish you could change it?