15 Responses to “How To (Re)Name Your Blog”

  1. jonathan 2 November 2007 at 10:18 am #

    Wow, Brian.

    You have won me over to the gimcrack side, simply by the eloquent and clear defense of your new name. I commend you.

    ‘B’ will always live on in my heart; but now it will exist simply as a memory, like a vintage wine on an old dusty shelf that has become forgotten…or simply as something nameless that you can’t even touch because you realize it is so sacred that it has become intangible…

    …chateau de oubliette…or something of the kind.

    I almost feel inferior now. You see, my own blog title really only follows about 1.4 out of the required 5 B-blogal criteria for renaming blogal aliae (plural for alias).

    Speaking of gimcrack, I think I have just realized how gimcrack I have truly become through the inane ramblings of this here comment.

    I’ll shut up now. :^(

  2. B 2 November 2007 at 10:26 am #

    Don’t fret. Your blog title meets the requirements. I believe “By the Narrow Gate” falls under criterion #1 since it’s descriptive of the content that you write about.

    I would also argue that it falls under the realm of criterion #5. While not necessarily “common”, the phrase “by the narrow gate” is a reference to scripture.

    In fact, after actually pondering the Bri-teria for Better Blog Bynames for longer than the time it takes to type one sentence, I have decided that I will remove the “common” stipulation from criterion #5.

  3. B 2 November 2007 at 10:34 am #

    BTW, I LOL’d on “B-blogal criteria for renaming blogal aliae”

  4. jonathan 2 November 2007 at 11:45 am #

    Bri-teria almost looks like Bacteria.

  5. Bradjward 2 November 2007 at 9:00 pm #

    My head hurts. That was way too much for my brain after 5 hours on the road. But I like it… even though I’ll probably always just call it “Brian’s Blog”.

    Gimcrackery…. lolz.

  6. B 3 November 2007 at 6:28 am #

    I’m thinking about changing my blog theme as well. Or at least making the header image randomly rotate between 5 or so different images. That idea was directly inspired by the awesomeness that is Brad’s blog.

  7. Diremirth 5 November 2007 at 9:33 am #

    i really enjoy the new name. very clever and aptly titled to suit the content. also, the word “gimcrack” makes me think of pirates (for reasons unknown); therefore, i find the title and banner image pairing classy and complementary.

  8. B 5 November 2007 at 9:41 am #

    It must’ve been an unconscious decision to use that image because, because gimcrack makes me think of pirates too, but I hadn’t thought of it until just now.

  9. Diremirth 5 November 2007 at 9:49 am #

    great minds, b…great minds.

    also was wondering, if you are going to continue the use of “B” for your alias on your blog, or if you were going to be create a new identity such as the “gimcracker” or “gewgawer”? after typing those out, perhaps sticking with “B” is good and pays homage to your blog roots etc.

    and, the image is awesome. it’s very “weathering the stormy seas of life”…which is good for a blog.

  10. B 5 November 2007 at 11:46 am #

    I was planning on sticking with B, although if I was the Gimcracker that would be sweet. I guess I don’t know yet.

    If I can figure out how, I’ll make that top image rotate between 5 images, all of which will feature the same sort of “weathering the stormy seas of life” feel.

  11. diremirth 5 November 2007 at 5:41 pm #

    After a few moments of contemplation I realized why “Gimcrack” reminded me of pirates. The “Cracken” was the monster that ate Jack Sparrow at the end of the second “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. *whew. mystery solved…at least for me. Gimcrack could remind you of sea criminals for a very different reason.

  12. B 5 November 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m glad you found your reference. I’m still trying to think of mine. Maybe something about gin, I’m still not sure.

  13. Chris 6 November 2007 at 9:59 am #

    So this is really really late coming, but I really like the new name (I’ve been reading from the iPhone, and it’s kind of hard to comment from there).

  14. B 6 November 2007 at 1:23 pm #

    Thanks! I spent way too much time coming up with the name.

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