Way back on [intlink id=”2357″ type=”post”]Day 1[/intlink] of the Blogathon I asked readers to tell me what this blog should be. Guess what I forgot? The title and tagline.
Quick history: Blog Salad is a name I tossed (some pun intended) into the ring because I was incapable of seeing myself talk about one topic for more than four minutes, which is approximately how long it takes to make a soft boiled egg. Here’s a great recipe for soft-boiled egg salad and toast:
Wait. Stop. See what I mean? I get distracted easily.
Anyway, Blog Salad was a gallimaufry, a hodge-podge, a salmagundi of my ideas and interests. Salmagundi is like the love child of a Cobb Salad and an Antipasto platter, by the way. It almost always has hard-boiled eggs.
But Blog Salad was born within the thin, calcified shell of the domain RonDoyleWrites.com, my personal portfolio site, a place where Blog Salad would always live hidden, incubating under the haunches of my name, functionally ineligible for Bloggies or Webbies or whatever silly awards that could possibly come its way. Advertising to prospective editors visiting my portfolio felt awkward for some reason. Blog Salad had outgrown it’s shell and it was time to crack out of that joint, lest it wind up like Filipino balut (vegetarians, et al, you may not want to know what balut is. Click at your own risk).
I waited until the day when domain registration for BlogSalad.com expired, and the next morning discovered that some sniper/squatter had snatched it up before me. So, BlogSaladBlog.com was born.
Some people don’t like the name; admittedly, it is a little weird. Not balut weird, just not catchy. But I like that it’s sort of a palindrome. And it’s silly and redundant. I like when things are repeated for emphasis. Repeating things for emphasis is a powerful way to get a silly message across.
Okay, that little piece of history was not as quick as I’d hoped. Sorry.
Back to the future: you, my darling blogarinos, have decided that Blog Salad is not about just anything, it’s about a couple things—technology, design, and general geekiness, all layered in a thick spackle of humor. Fair enough. But you have yet to decide on one important thing: is this Blog Salad or Blog Salad Blog?
Furthermore, as far as taglines go, “All the blog that’s fit to eat” doesn’t cut the mustard that belongs beside a really good salmagundi. And it doesn’t really succinctly explain what’s going on here.
A tagline a blog’s ten-second elevator pitch; it’s what one blog says at cocktail parties when another attractive blog asks the question, “So, what do you do for a living?”
So, what does Blog Salad (or Blog Salad Blog) “do for a living?” Do you think taglines are lame and Blog Salad Blog (or Blog Salad) should be the strong, silent type that doesn’t answer that question, no matter how short the skirt of the other attractive blog at the cocktail party? Please leave a comment.