Saturday, August 11, 2012
What to Name a Blog
Never thought I would write a post on something like this, but this has been a question that seems to haunt me the more I dive into using social media for professional development and for my PLN. When I first started using twitter, I really had no idea what it was-in fact I was basically a dormant user for 3 years prior to going to NTAC 2011 as part of the New Tech Network and I learned about Hash Tags and HootSuite-and thus did not really think much about my user name. Thus the identifying, but somewhat boring and excessively long (11 characters) ken_v_olson twitter name. There have been times I wish that I had gone with something a little more daring or related to my occupation, but my creativity creativity usually fails and I come up with nothing distinctive.
When I began my blog on Edublogs last year I settled on the name "Inquiring Minds" because it fit with the name of my school, The School of Inquiry, and it was what I have tried to have as a an adult learner, and inquiring mind. When I decided to move to my blog to Google Sites, to model it's use to my students, I was able to keep the blog name, but I was disappointed that the comments feature would not work, unless I allowed readers to edit my words. With this in mind I switched to Blogger this week, but the url www.inquiringminds.blogspot.com was taken. To remedy this, I simply replaced the second "i" in inquiring with a "y" making it inquiryng.
I was worried that I would get comments about not knowing how to spell, and I did right away, but while I could change the name of the blog to the correct spelling, even if the url was different, there was a consistency about it-and a quirkiness-I liked. Then I read this blog post by Todd Hurst from the University of Indianapolis' Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) on What's in a (School's) Name?.
After reading his post, I believe that our school's name fits what we hope to do, create learners who are active participants in their education. Learner's who ask questions and seek out answers. Who inquire about the word around them. In thinking this though, I also believe that the blog name I have chosen fits me and how I approach my own education. I seek answers from a wide range of sources, continually ask questions on how to improve my school and professional practice, and am a little quirky in how I go about it. Inquryng may be a great way to put it. What do you think? What truly is in a name?