I think I was 10 when I set up this blog, so it was 10-year-old me who came up with the name The Mile Long Bookshelf. I'm just thankful I came up with something half-decent and not some long name basically describing my love of Oreos. Or something. But, I hadn't yet learned how to use a hyphen... and to be honest, I still haven't. So it's not surprising that according to a bunch of authors I
But as I said, I just can't bring myself to change the name of this blog. I can't even add the hyphen to it, never mind give it a completely different name. For a start, I'd have to change the name of my Facebook page, YouTube channel, logo, and anywhere else I've put my blog name. I paid for my current business cards to be printed and I'm very happy with them, but with a name change I'd have to do it all over again. And what about where I've been quoted in/on books, Amazon descriptions, and other websites? After a name change, none of those would feel like they belonged to me anymore. It would bug me.
Honestly, adding the hyphen wouldn't have a big impact, but I feel like changing it to something completely different would. Publishers and authors wouldn't recognise my name anymore, readers might get confused, people could unfollow... My URL would have to change, and after nearly 6 years it would be way too much hassle to change all of the links currently directing to my blog.
Saying that, I had exactly the same thoughts a few years ago when I changed my name. I tossed and turned for weeks trying to figure out whether to change my surname when my mum got married. I was worried that certificates, school reports and everything else with Amber Kirk on them wouldn't feel like 'mine' anymore.
It's been nearly 6 years since I legally changed my surname from Kirk to Kirk-Ford and it hasn't made a difference at all, although the passport application office is being annoyingly fussy about it, but that's another story. The fact is, changing my name didn't make any kind of impact.
I'm not saying I want to change my blog name. I don't - I could never do it. I have a lot of respect for bloggers who do make a massive change to their blog name because I, personally, would be way too scared of the risks and, also... I'm too lazy to bother.
Anyway. Grammatically correct or not, The Mile Long Bookshelf still looks better than The Mile-Long Bookshelf...
If you've changed your blog name, how did it affect you? If you haven't changed your blog name, do you think you might, in the future?