Words… There are so many words in the English language, and each one has at least one meaning. We put words together to make sentences and then put those together to make paragraphs. The cycle continues to create anything that we want to with them: arguments, explanations, stories, and more. Words are powerful tools that can make us or break us; they help us communicate in every aspect of our lives. I think that’s why I’ve always been fascinated with them. When I was growing up, I always kept a notebook or an electronic close by in case I wanted to jot down a lyric or quote. But these days, thanks to the Internet and Pinterest, I keep most lyrics and quotes on my Pinterest page across multiple boards.
Most recently I’ve been interested in names and what they mean, which really made naming my blog an easy and enjoyable task on the long to-do list that needed to be accomplished for starting my blog. I read article after article on how to pick the perfect name and found that it had to accomplish three common things: be easily remembered or spelled, be able to describe my blog, and also be catchy. (Man, so much more complicated than I originally thought it would be! All I wanted was to pick something and be done with it!) Picking the name of my blog also helped me nail down what I wanted to blog about, and in the long run helped me decide who I really wanted to be about as a person. The process turned out to be more life changing than the decision of starting the blog itself.
In the beginning, I thought about blogging my book, writing about music, or writing about whatever came to mind on a moment’s notice; I was also tossing around the idea of writing anonymously or under a pseudonym. But what I really wanted to do was write about my thoughts and share my own perspective with my friends and family, and I wanted them to know that I was writing it. The longer I thought about it the more I knew that’s what I wanted and needed to do. Finally, I’d decided what I wanted to blog about, and I couldn’t have been more excited about it! But what on earth would I name my blog? Did I want to use my name as my blog name? What would I name it if I didn’t use my real name? Should I use a pseudonym just to be a little bit safer? So many decisions to make, and all I really wanted to do was write!
After an hour or two of brainstorming I finally figured it all out: I would blog about me – my life, thoughts, my favorite hobbies/interests, and my main theme would be living life as real and honest as possible (authentically). I would use my name in my blog, but only my first name, and I would use a different last name; just to keep a little privacy. The title Authentically Alison was born, and I could breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that a lot of the ground work had been completed in just deciding the name and the theme. My blog’s name accomplished everything that it was supposed and the daunting tasks of planning content, posting schedule, and design could wait until a later time.
But why does a blog name have to mean so much? Why does any name carry the weight of the world in its meaning? For me, I know I like to be able to describe everything in my own world – from objects and creatures to people and feelings. I also know that in the early days of the world in the garden of Eden humans were tricked by Satan into thinking that we were missing out on something which led us to sin against God. We ate of the one tree that God told us not to, not because we didn’t deserve to eat from it, but because we didn’t need to. We had everything that we would ever need in the garden, but Satan told us that wasn’t enough; right then and there the desire to know more and have more was born. Now we aren’t satisfied with not knowing everything, and when we want to know everything we want to know it now. We feel like it’s our right to know everything, and we feel left out if we don’t. By giving everything a name we somehow satisfy that desire and before we know it a name really does carry the weight of the world.
In this day and age, we want to know the name of every new gadget and the name of every new celebrity child. We give a name to anything and everything without even thinking about it. I spent a good amount of time figuring out the name of my blog, and the meaning of the name is exactly what I wanted to be. It describes perfectly what I want my blog to be about, and it also describes exactly what I want to be about as a person. I never knew the process of naming my blog would’ve turned into such a life changing event, but it sure did and I couldn’t be more proud of either decision. It’s definitely made me look at life a little more differently, and all of the decisions that I make after choosing to live in a brand new way. A name means everything when it comes to a blog name, and certainly means everything when naming a new way of living: real and honest is authentic.
This is Authentically Alison.