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December 21, 2011 1:18 PM   Subscribe

Help me name my self-guided city tour website.

I'm starting a project in the new year and am the worst at coming up with catchy names, so I'd like to borrow your brains. I'd like a name that makes it self-explanatory.

The project will be a website with a series of, say, 2-hour self-guided walks, with themes to do with the area, a certain building type or a period. I've given architectural walking tours and I was going to write about walking the city, but the overwhelming response is "oh god no, write guides, I'd use them!"

(I may later develop it as an app - it's an obvious step - but my own limitations mean it will start as web-based.)

Key things:
- My background is in architecture, now in research and writing about architecture.
- I'm mostly interested in modern and contemporary architecture, but will likely cover the older stock when doing street-by-street.
- The tours are for the general public (native or tourist), but written with a focus on urbanism and architecture.
- They'll be guides to the area written with the idea that you'll be walking while reading them.
- Some will be street by street, some will be area or, say, 'Dublin's green spaces'.
- It's for Dublin, Ireland. (No folksy or leprechauny things, please!)
- I'd like to buy the .com
- I'm more DIY doof than concierge, but this is a professional project so I don't want it to sound too half-baked, either.

Thanks! I'll gladly clarify anything else (and it's at the early stages of the project so I hope it doesn't sound awful!).
posted by carbide to Grab Bag (16 answers total)
 
Is it a self-guided walking tour?

DubSteps.com
posted by Grither at 1:23 PM on December 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


I suggest incorporating the word "Odyssey", as it captures the idea of going about places, and subtly references the most famous day ever spent in Dublin.
posted by Jehan at 1:24 PM on December 21, 2011


The Building Out series of guides, i.e. "Building Out Dublin"
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:24 PM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


If I could favorite Grither's comment a thousand times I would.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 1:25 PM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


planktai.com. Greek for the Wandering Rocks of Homer's Odyssey, the commonly used name for the tenth episode of Ulysses, which follows several minor characters as they wander around Dublin
posted by theodolite at 1:26 PM on December 21, 2011


Edifice Edification?
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:26 PM on December 21, 2011


What about Walking Dublin? It's not clever, but it's descriptive and easy to remember. Bonus: WalkingDublin.eu is available. Searching here, on the Ireland Companies Registration Office, it looks like the name is available.

Oh, and let us know what you decide - I go to Dublin regularly and love walking tours.
posted by slmorri at 1:41 PM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Will it ALWAYS be just for Dublin, or will you branch out to other towns?
posted by matty at 1:44 PM on December 21, 2011


DublinWalkabouts

FrozenMusicTours
posted by jamjam at 1:57 PM on December 21, 2011


Will it ALWAYS be just for Dublin, or will you branch out to other towns?

I'd probably have a separate site with a related name if I branched out.
posted by carbide at 2:00 PM on December 21, 2011


Tour It Yourself
posted by Thorzdad at 2:00 PM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thewanderingmaunderingmeanderer.com is available.
posted by travis08 at 2:25 PM on December 21, 2011


UExplore Ireland

(I figure the U2 connection will guide many to spell it that way instead of YouExplore) Though You Explore isn't bad.

(Apple would never let you have I Explore)
posted by Land Ho at 5:58 PM on December 21, 2011


DubSteps.com is awesome and of course taken.

I since these are your personal walking tours, you should make the name more personal. So, something simple like "Lisa Walks Dublin" was my first thought. It's also easy to expand to other cities. Unfortunately, the "lisa walks" identity seems to be in heavy use by someone else.

So, maybe something like

Lisa Strolls Dublin
Lisa Steps Through Dublin
Lisa Trek: Dublin


Or, less personal but still good:

Dublin In Stride
posted by mikepop at 6:45 AM on December 22, 2011


"Look Up/Look Down": as in, see the buildings, but don't wander into traffic.
Streets and Doors: Dublin
Walkable Dublin
Dublin: More Than Just Bridges, a Post Office, and a Brewery Gate
Walk Dublin Like a Native:

You know, I bet these would sell like WILDFIRE if they were spoken word by a local (Americans are wild for the Oirish accent) that you plaed in an iPod, and then you could use a title like "The City In Your Ears: Dublin."
posted by wenestvedt at 7:39 AM on December 22, 2011


Thanks so much, lots to brainstorm with!

You know, I bet these would sell like WILDFIRE if they were spoken word by a local (Americans are wild for the Oirish accent) that you plaed in an iPod, and then you could use a title like "The City In Your Ears: Dublin."

Yeah, I'm trying to figure out the best ultimate format, but figured that starting with a text-based, web-based version might let me see what worked. I really appreciate the suggestion.
posted by carbide at 1:19 PM on December 24, 2011


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