“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I want everything to be perfect and the name of this blog was no exception.
For the record, I’m also a bit OCD. I don’t huff 8 times before I put on deodorant or think my family will die if I don’t flip the light switch on and off 5 times before leaving the room, but I have my moments.
Anyway, I had an idea of what I wanted the blog to become and I wanted the name to adequately and appropriately represent what I had envisioned.
We have also been known to have difficulty naming things. It took us three weeks to name our dog (although, we did improve on our time with the second. Luke and Leroy, in case you were wondering).
Imagine how overwhelmed we were when it came to naming actual humans. Our oldest had a first name, but was without a middle name until the day of his birth.
Long story short, naming this blog was a bit of a process.
The Shakespeare quote above suggests this blog would materialize and manifest itself regardless of the name it was given and I completely agree. Have you ever noticed how once you name something or someone, be it a pet or a baby, after a while, the name becomes them? It’s pretty amazing how that happens.
I remember when we were trying to come up with names for our two boys; for each name we considered, I would try to picture a baby, child, teenager and adult with that name. Would the name suit a professional or a president? Was it too trendy or too traditional? Now, I cannot imagine either with a different name. Their names have become them (names omitted to protect the innocent).
I know that will be the case with this blog as well.
Choosing a Name for the Blog
Back to naming this blog. I developed some criteria which I wanted the name to meet:
- strongly resonated with me
- short – three words or less
- not limiting in nature
- .com domain available
By far, the biggest hurdle to overcome was the .com domain availability. God bless you if you want to find an available.com domain with the word “money” in it. Needless to say, I have done my fair share of cursing domain investors.
Out of curiosity, I emailed a few domain owners and domain brokers to get quotes for purchasing the domain. I’ve done this before when looking for domains for other projects. My personal favorite was the domain broker who replied to my email inquiry informing me the domain could be purchased for ONLY $35,000.
The naming process is iterative, and iterate I did. I employed the process of elimination to pare down my (extensive) list to five final contenders. No spoiler alerts needed here, you know how the movie ends.
Idea Behind the Logo
I’ve spent a good amount of time on choosing the name and the thought process behind it. I’d be remiss if I did not explain a little about the idea behind the logo.
It may be obvious, but I am no graphic designer. However, I did want to take a stab at creating the logo myself. I attempted several variations, some with icons and/or bold text, some with more color, etc., but I kept coming back to this one. This was also Mrs. Dollar Habits’ favorite as well, so that didn’t hurt either.
So, why do we like it so much? It’s simple, minimal even. It’s not too busy or distracting, yet represents what I wanted it to. The broken box around the text was my attempt at graphically mimicking a habit loop and the green color of the box is a nod to the money aspect of the content.
As the blog grows and evolves, likely so too will the logo, but until then, I fancy it just fine. What say you?
Habits – The Key to Success
To become successful managing our finances and ultimately, growing our net worth and increasing our financial options, we must develop positive and productive financial habits, or dollar habits, if you will. I wholeheartedly believe we are the sum of our habits. If you habitually work to grow your income, habitually save and habitually invest, eventually, you will achieve your financial goals. Dollar Habits embodies doing these things. Stay tuned for more on the power of habits.
In the end, I am really happy with the name I landed on (and I hope you like it too).
Have you ever struggled naming something? A business? A baby? A pet? What was your process? For my blogging brethren, how did you come up with the name for your blog?