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Jul 08 2014

What’s in a blog name?

What's in a blog name?Could your blog’s name subconsciously influence your life?

When I first started writing this blog, lo those many years ago, it was under the name Never a Dull Moment. Made sense. I had a four year old and a one year old and dear god dull moments were few and far between. So few and far between you could leave one, wander for hours in the metaphorical desert, get lost, get found, and be sucking the sweat out of the T-shirt you wound round your head to prevent scalp burn before you stumbled upon another. Very few dull moments back then is what I’m going at here.

Then I rebranded the site, got a proper domain, and became Laughing at Chaos. I was tired of having “never” in the title, very negative you know, and wanted something slightly more upbeat while indicating that the shit still likes to hit the fan with some regularity. The name has served me well, and a lot of good things have happened under the Laughing at Chaos moniker. But still, there is “chaos” in the name, and goddamn there’s been a lot of chaos in the House of Chaos these last few years. A. Lot. Tom and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary a few days ago. We celebrated but we also honored the fact that it’s a minor miracle (with an ass-ton of work) that we’re still together after these last five years.

What’s in a name? Am I bringing the chaos and WTFness on myself by having a blog name that encourages it? I don’t want to change it, mainly because I just went through the hassle of behind-the-scenes renewal and domain transfer, and I now own this domain for several years and I am waaaaayyy too lazy to go through that rigamarole again. So just for shits and giggles, how about some new, super-positive, life-affirming blog names.

All is Well and All is Well
The Words Flow
The Awesome of Homeschooling
Life Blessed by Abundance and Peace and Goodness and Light and a Retirement Account
It’s All Good
YAY!
Peaces of Life
☮ ☮ ☮
Sharing is Caring
Love What Ya Got
My Adrenal Glands Are NOT Life’s Chew Toy 
(wait, that’s not very positive or life-affirming)
Currency is My Favorite Change
Health, Security, and Prosperity, OH MY!!!

You know what? I went and checked…our lives began spiraling out of control riiiight about the time I changed the blog name to Laughing at Chaos. So maybe there is something to this cockamamie hypothesis that the name has jacked everything up. If I knew with complete certainty that changing the name would improve things, I’d do it. I’ve gotten to that point. There’s only so much laughing one can do.

Name me.

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This slightly frantic and very frustrated blog post brought to you by George the Camel, his orthopedist, and that little piece of straw over there in the corner.

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  1. Corin Goodwin

    I don’t think Laughing at Chaos is negative… I think it’s a great attitude! I mean, let’s face it, chaos happens. By being unafraid to look it in the face and laugh at it, you are showing yourself to be strong and resilient.

    Just sayin’ :-)

  2. lili

    Ever since I ran across this blog, I’ve never ever thought of the name as negative. I’ve always seen it as a reflection of the stand you’ve taken in life. Too often we laugh or we cry – and we feel that if we start crying we might never stop. Thinking of you as your make your decision x

  3. My Kids Mom

    It isn’t the blog name. Keep it. Just remember to laugh at the chaos and whatever else life throws at you. Your daily nice stuff lists (there’s a name for that….) are proof that you can laugh at it.
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  4. Pamela @RedWhiteandGrew

    I think keep the name but add yours. “Laughing at Chaos with Jen Merrill”

    It frontburners your name, doesn’t require a URL change, and also suggest “laughing with” which is a positive. ;-)
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  5. Vanessa

    I really like what you already have. The subtitle explains it. As Pamela suggests, we’re all laughing with you. We all know chaos, whether or not we name it. The tone of our laughter varies … merry, lighthearted, hysterical, chuckle, snort, wry grin … it’s all good. :)

    I LOVE your little byline about George the Camel.

    I still like my blog name (names … I have several) but I have not written much for any of them in such a long time that it feels redundant to link to them here. In the interests of privacy I share next to nothing online and keep all of my would-be insights and articles locked safely away in journals or shared only on small, secret forums.

    Sorry for digressing … keep writing, whether you keep or change the name.

  6. Sarah Tan

    You are right about law of attraction. Chaos does have a negative connotation, which means ‘complete disorder and confusion’.

    However, there is another meaning, which is the formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe.

    There is also chaos theory, which is applied in so many fields.

    So what I suggest is reframing your meaning of chaos. Instead of being bogged by the first meaning, think of the other meanings, where I feel shows how much the human brain is capable of, and you are on the verge of a great discovery.

    Hope it helps.
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    1. Jen

      I like your alternate chaos interpretations. :) Perfect.

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