I love all the fun and personal names that food bloggers have for their blogs. When I see one that fits in with what I am searching for I get excited. I know you cannot judge a book by its cover or a blog by its name but it is often the first impression you get.
For instance, oftentimes you can figure out what a food blog may be about and if you will want to be a reader simply by the name. If you want to find the best gluten-free restaurants in Seattle, a blog with a name like WHEATLESS WANDERLUST may be what you are looking for. But if you want to learn how to bake with your kids, you may try out a site called MY KIDS LICK THE BOWL
Both of those blog names are playful, key in on a fun food niche, and are likely something you will remember. All which is key in picking a name for your blog. The variety that food blogs offer can be a broad range of anything that is food-related. They are not only a place to go and look for a recipe for anything from alligator meatballs to zoodles marinara. Some food blogs review restaurants while others may focus on special diets and health. If you want to learn more about how I and other food bloggers picked our names, grab a snack or cocktail, a notepad, and read on.
Naming The Short Order Cook Blog
When I started my food blog a few years ago, the name I wanted was easy for me to decide on. I had already had a personal chef business years ago that I called, The Short Order Cook. It was a fun play on words since I do cook a lot of things but also that I am very petite ( I still dream of being 5′ someday – haha).
When I used to show up at someone’s home for the first time to cook for them, it was the same scenario every time. They would open the door, look at me for about 2 seconds. Then there it was, as a smile would creep on their face and that recognition in their eyes as they figured it out “SHORT” order cook —-AHA —- and they would welcome me in. It was honestly a great way to break the ice and start off with a laugh.
So I knew that if I did this, that is what my blog just had to be called. But was that name available for me to use again? I was nervous as I knew that last I checked someone else now owned the domain name I had all those years ago.
Long story short, when my twins were born very premature (each under 2 pounds), I was pretty focused on making sure they get the care they needed. I was with them as much as I could be during the 3-4 months they were in the NICU. During that time my domain had come up for renewal and for obvious reasons, I missed the time to renew. By the time I looked, it was taken.
Fast forward 10 years later, toying with the idea of a blog is now really becoming something I cannot stop thinking about. Low and behold, theshortordercook.com was available once again. So I paid for it that very minute and worked out the rest afterward. I have not looked back ever since and have enjoyed every minute of the new adventures of The Short Order Cook! Learn more about the family and just how big those micro premies are now – MEET THE FAMILY.
What is in a Name?
It got me thinking as I have come to know more and more amazing people in the blogging world, how did others decide what to name their food blog? As I got to know them more personally, I would sometimes see that correlation, and other times I would not. So often I still wonder what connected them to that first impression – the name of their blog. I found myself visiting their sites often and thinking to myself…
- What inspired them?
- Was it something funny?
- Something personal?
- Is it niche-specific?
- Was it easy to decide or take a long time?
- Did they start with one name and pick another later?
- Did someone else actually pick the name for them?
Food Bloggers and the Names They Chose
“Some bloggers choose to make their name catchy or creative, but to me, I prefer to make my food blog name straightforward. My blog name comes from my family name Odeh, and I share delicious international food, which is why I call it The Odehlicious. The simplicity of the name can help the viewer know that the blog is about delicious food without getting confused with the title.” – SAIF
“Choosing my blog name “Foodie Home Chef” was really a rather easy task. Some of my friends & family members who I’ve served my recipes to over the years had always referred to me as “their favorite home chef” and since I consider myself a dedicated “foodie” the choice was obvious!” – SIMONE