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Blogging 101: Say Your Name

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline. Make your readers’ first impression a good one!

Welcome to Blogging U! This course isn't currently active, but you can learn more about what we offer and register for upcoming courses on the BU home page.

You set your blog’s address when you registered at WordPress.com, but your blog’s title — what readers see on your site when they visit — can be changed at any time. Today, let’s make sure you love yours.

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.

Why?

  • The title is the first thing most readers will see.
  • Your title and tagline work with elements like like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.

Your title doesn’t need to be the same as your blog’s URL — there’s no need to call it “maryjanesmith922.” Your title should reflect you.

A title is typically only a few words, so consider adding a tagline — a phrase that appears under your title and helps flesh it out. Think “Burger King: Have It Your Way,” or The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging.” Look at the post your wrote yesterday. Why are you here? Let us know in your tagline.

Here are the details on editing your title and tagline, along with some accumulated wisdom from other WordPress bloggers. Here’s one of our favorite nuggets of advice:

Try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.
She’s a Maineiac

If you’re already thrilled with your title or you want to do more, feel free to publish a post, too! Let readers know what inspired your title and tagline, or, If you need want writing inspiration, take a look at today’s prompt.

Need more feedback? Head to The Commons.

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  1. Thanks for this article! You made me realize that all blogs have something unique about them and none is created alike! We all have things to share with the world and there is always room for new bloggers to join those who are more experienced than I!

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  2. I love my title and my tagline…although I did add a little something more to the tagline to try it out. Not sure I will keep it but going to give it a whirl!

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    1. Your title does reflect what your blog is about. I feel the same way about taglines, mine sounds a bit dull and common, but definitely descriptive enough to show what my blog is about. 🙂

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  3. I decided to call my blog BlushableMe. I think it’s catchy and conveys the fact that I will be covering makeup related topics. My tagline is: Makeup | Beauty | Reviews & Recommendations | Chats about life | – All here from BlushableMe!

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  4. A bit late here due to the time difference but better late than never 🙂 I am also keeping my title as it is something really personal although it doesn’t say much at first. But could use some feedback on my tagline. 🙂 Thanks

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