Title (aka What’s In A Name?)

  • Definition: Any other name, or label, that you use for yourself or for others. Sometimes you use it to approach someone whose name you don’t know (yet), or one is used to indicate someone’s social standings (“The doctor will see you now”). Books, blogs, vlogs, videos, ships, air planes and sometimes even houses can have a title, too.
“My principles are more important than the money or my title”
– Muhammed Ali –

May 9th is my Big Day: then I will finally (finally) receive my diploma as a Life and Career Coach.

Having worked so hard towards this goal, I almost lost sight of what I want to do with it; when I graduated as a sociologist, I honestly thought I’d have to fight my way through job offers, trying to pick out the best one. Okay, I didn’t really think that as I graduated in the midst of a financial crisis. But in the end, though, nothing more remained of that diploma than me having a neat title.

Which sounds really cool: Master of Science (in Dutch I also got Weledelgeleerde Vrouwe, which means as much as Her Well Educated Lady. Talk about fancy stuff.) I worked really hard for that title, too, but still. Kind of useless if you don’t use it, right?

This whole graduating-and-gaining-titles-business has got me thinking. If I want to be an independent Life Coach (and I do), I have to come up with a good name for my business. I could just use my last name, but I really want something that represents me as a person and signals what kind of Life Coach I am. Someone who follows her own path, has overcome insecurity after insecurity (and is still doing so), is respectful and sees herself as someone who thinks differently than most people. And those are the types of people I want to get as clients, preferably. Because we must be with more than a few, I reckon, we just hide well. And there must be more people like me, feeling awkward and lost, and who could use a hand by finding their own pathway in life.

That’s one thing I’m struggling with. All ideas are welcome, by the way, as my diploma will be Europe-acknowledged and I still have the desire of one day not living in the Netherlands (read: a powerful English title for my business, as opposed to a Dutch one, will do me no harm). So any ideas you’ve got that could describe me and potentially make for a good Life Coach Business name: please let me know in the comments! Make sure they’re all positive, though! 😉

Then there’s that other thing that’s been bugging me for a few months now: I don’t really feel like the name of this blog suits me any more. At first I thought it was great, having a dictionary-like style for my posts, but I’m not really feeling it any more. Is there any (easy) way to adjust your blog’s name/URL without having to create a whole new blog?

Because *confession here* I kind of dislike it a lot when people quit one blog and then start over with a semi-same concept under a different name. Usually I stop being interested when they do, and I don’t really want to be that person myself. Something about hating hypocrisy.

So I need your help! If you can help me brainstorm by hitting me with great titles for my future business, I’ll be very grateful! And if you know how I can change my blog’s title (and URL) without having to start over, I’ll be even more grateful.

No, not more grateful. About the same, really. Unless you have the answer to both of my issues, then I’ll be Ever As Grateful.

Which is just, as it shows, a whole new title 🙂

Have a good weekend, everyone!

4 thoughts on “Title (aka What’s In A Name?)”

  1. Names and Titles are so important in life. From restaurants to books to people, names are so very important. It’s the first thing people see or hear about you or your company. And whether we like it or not, people will start making judgments immediately. If your restaurant is named “Burger Joint”, people will either love it or hate it because they either like burgers or not. They might give it a try or not. However, if you change the name to “Intrigue”, they are intrigued. They enter, see what you offer, and then may have a different feeling of you and your offerings.

    Therefore, I think you should TOTALLY change your blog name and everything. If you’re not happy with it, life is too short. Change it! Rebrand! I was reading a story about a successful classmate of mine at UofI who is a rich entrepreneur. He failed at each of his first 4 businesses but then, aha! his 5th company was Paypal. He said he learned and got better with each of the first 4 companies and finally had success with Paypal. He’s a multi-millionaire now, 21 years after graduation. He invested $1 million in a company after Paypal and then sold it within 6 years to Google for something like $84 million. This guy is smart.

    Same thing with you. Move on from Dictionary Dutch. Re-invent. Good luck! Reid “The Dutch Lion”.

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    1. Thanks! Although, I hope I’ll be successful with my first business-attempt (I have no fantasies of ever becoming a millionaire, lol, but as long as it’ll keep me fed and feed my pockets enough to keep travelling, I reckon I’ll be happy :)).

      I’ll see what the best way to change my blog name and concept is without having to start all over. That’d be plan Z at the moment.

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  2. No title inspiration is hitting me right this minute. I do believe you can change almost everything about your blog without erasing past posts by going to “Settings.” Congratulations on your coming graduation. J.

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