Thursday, February 10, 2011

Writing Your Blog Description

Did you struggle when it came to choosing your blog description?

As if it wasn't difficult enough having to explain yourself in your blog name, you then have to agonize over how to explain that explanation. A simple way of escaping the problem is by pasting a picture over the whole thing and pretending it doesn't exist. This way, you can let your readers figure out what you're all about from your posts. It might sound like a good idea, but what if someone stumbles upon your blog by accident? They'll need a blog description as a kind of road sign to let then know where they are. So, even if they don't have time to read any of your posts, they can make a snap decision to bookmark or not to bookmark - that, after all, is the question.

The intention of my blog is to showcase myself as a writer of fiction. These are names that I considered and (in brackets) the reasons I rejected them:

Writing fiction. (On point, but a bit dull.)
Reading and writing. (Might sound like it’s for kids.)
What I talk about when I talk about writing. (I can dream, but I'm no Raymond Carver or Haruki Murakami.)
Exposed internet outpost. (Too weird.)
Writer. (Too stark.) 
Fictioneer. (Too clever.)
Stories and things. (Too cute.)
Genre: fiction. (I quite like that, but I'll keep thinking.)

If you've been through a similar crisis, I’d love to hear how you solved it.


  1. My current description, is the bio I used when submitted to my Campus's print biannual literature journal, and it was actually written by my friend, and I just happened to fall in love with it. I have no idea if I'll stay with it, but like you said, this is tricky business.

    "Ellen Marlow pretends to live in a dorm room, while in truth she can be found in the reeds along the Sandy River, stalking ducks. When asked why, she usually responds 'They were here before the gods!'"

    I think I am the kind to go along with the clever things, like "Fictioneer," but I suppose that there is a line that when crossed, can make you look smug. My Screen name on most services, and the name on my blog, is InkSlingerDucky (Or here, just The Ink Slinger), because I found "Ink Slinger" in a thesaurus once under "Writer" and it was too cool not to include as part of my identity from then on. The "Ducky" part comes primarily from getting around those who have used the term "Ink Slinger" before me, but also comes from a love of the creatures, their babies, and my depicted tattoo (I have a Ducks x-ing silhouette drawing on my forearm). The problem, like you said, is finding a way to break this down in a telling (but not over-telling) way.

    In short, I guess I haven't solved this problem yet, but I am glad to know I'm not the only one who has it. ^_^ I'm excited to hear other thoughts.

  2. I think it's a good idea to have a friend write your description or bio. That way you can have someone else's perspective on you and your work. And yours turned out great. Choosing a name though is on an entirely different level of stress, especially if your own name or the one you want is taken. Combining two things ('ink slinger' and 'ducky') is a nifty way around this. Some of us had to resort to using our initials! But I'm kind of happy with my blog name now.