Today, Be a Freelance Blogger is five years old.
5 years! Bring on the “wow” emoji!
You know what was the hardest thing about starting this blog?
It wasn’t the technology, or the content strategy, or the audience-building.
The hardest part was coming up with the damn name.
Seriously. I needed a name that made it clear what my blog was about:
Not freelance writing of any other kind, not personal blogging to push your own message or pro blogging for ad revenue and sponsorship money.
Plus I didn’t want it to sound like a content mill, or like a place to hire freelancers. I wanted people to know from the name alone that this is the place to learn how to be a freelance blogger.
I made a huge list of potential names, and they all sucked at least a little bit.
I’m pretty sure when I told Jon Morrow (my coach while I launched this blog) that the best name I had after two weeks of brainstorming and thesaurus abuse was “Be a Freelance Blogger”…
… yep, I’m pretty sure he was stunned into silence for a moment by my lack of originality. Would people even be able to remember a name like that?
Well, the answer is YES – most people remember it just fine, but also NO – because we still occasionally get emails addressed to “Dear Become a Freelance Blogger.” (Hey, it’s close enough; come on in. In a little while, I’m gonna tell you how you can win a prize…)