Wherein Whelk Wants Wonderful Words
June 19, 2009 6:06 AM   Subscribe

Name My Blog! After years of creating things and then casually tossing them aside, I've decided to create a blog to put them all in. Cartoons, short fiction, audio clips, short video, etc. A bit like Lore's Bad Gods. The only problem is, I've got no idea what to call it.

I'm torn between something direct like "John Did That" or something that just sounds cool, "Automatic Inspiration" was a leading contender for a while. Want to avoid anything suggesting random, junk, or trash (Even though that's what it is, the whole theme is overused). Shower me with your minds, Mefites!
posted by The Whelk to Media & Arts (26 answers total)
Is The Whelk already taken?
posted by i_cola at 6:09 AM on June 19, 2009

Leavitt Alone
posted by box at 6:13 AM on June 19, 2009


Leavitt To Me! (with the exclamation point)
Something to do with a pun on marine biology?
posted by ostranenie at 6:20 AM on June 19, 2009

Ooh, Busycon Whelks, like that Richard Scarry cosplay convention.
posted by box at 6:21 AM on June 19, 2009

John Left It
The Curated John Leavitt
posted by mikepop at 6:37 AM on June 19, 2009

Not a Whelks Chance In A Supernova
posted by Confess, Fletch at 6:38 AM on June 19, 2009

posted by The Straightener at 6:41 AM on June 19, 2009 [1 favorite]

Wherein Whelk Weaves Wonderful Worlds?
posted by Phire at 6:53 AM on June 19, 2009

my go-to naming-shit link
posted by Mach5 at 6:56 AM on June 19, 2009 [2 favorites]

Whelking Hours

Whelking Life

Warp and Whelk
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:16 AM on June 19, 2009

Whelk Zombie
posted by orme at 7:34 AM on June 19, 2009

Whelk Droppings
posted by like_neon at 7:38 AM on June 19, 2009

"What Ho! - Elaborations, Larks & Knaveries"
posted by Iridic at 7:46 AM on June 19, 2009

You're creative, but creating a name is doing you in.

Use that as your generative and call it...

  • ...Whelk Doesn't Know...

  • posted by foooooogasm at 8:00 AM on June 19, 2009

    [please link to your site in your profile, not here, thanks]
    posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:27 AM on June 19, 2009




    (My band 15 years ago had a song called "Levitt House Gone Wrong" but that is spelled slightly wrong...)
    posted by not_on_display at 9:07 AM on June 19, 2009

    Continuing your marine shell theme:

    The Chambered Noodleist.
    posted by jamjam at 9:07 AM on June 19, 2009

    The nice thing about a random collection of material is that you can have a random name associated with it. I have a habit of picking up domain names associated with various phrases that I come across or come up with. Bad Gods was the title of a story I was going to write someday. I had a site called Little Fluffy Industries, that was just a phrase I liked, probably influenced by Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds." I named the old Wired blog Table of Malcontents based on a random pun I came up with years before, and more recently I registered dogsandsorcerers.com because I ran across the phrase in Revelation 22:15.

    The point is that if you've been creating things and tossing them aside for years, there are probably some titles and phrases in those creations that you're fond of. I'd go over them and pick one that's short and that corresponds to a domain name that hasn't been registered yet.
    posted by lore at 9:08 AM on June 19, 2009

    A Calendar for Betelgeuse
    Angels and Pins
    Bluffing is for Children
    Build the Granary First
    Casually Tossed Off
    Circular Barometer
    Dropping Pieces
    Either Here or There
    Fathoms and Farthings
    For a Dying Breed
    Inhibited Zygotes
    Mai Tai Cents
    Mounting Above the Mantelpiece
    Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Whatevers
    Shells in the Sand
    Stray Thoughts
    The Granary
    These Are the Frequencies
    Universal Grandma
    Your Easy Guide to Understanding the Universe
    posted by Kattullus at 9:46 AM on June 19, 2009

    Personally, I like simple, so I don't see how something like The Whelk by itself isn't sufficient. But then maybe you don't want to use your username (I see there is no reference to it on your website now). What comes to mind then might be something based on your name. I like

    posted by dhartung at 11:36 AM on June 19, 2009

    Leavitt Alone

    Hah. Clever.

    Problem with the "cool-sounding" phrases is that they lose their lustre unless they really mean something to you.
    posted by zennie at 2:23 PM on June 19, 2009

    I was thinking today that "I have scissors" would be a good name for a craft blog (I own about eleventy-eight pairs of scissors.) So "I have [something]"?
    posted by zinfandel at 8:16 PM on June 19, 2009

    What the Whelk. Don't know why but I just like the way it sounds.
    posted by stray thoughts at 11:12 PM on June 19, 2009

    Hey guys, I decided to go with THE WHELK, which you can find if you go to my site in my profile and click ..THE WHELK. Some of it is stuff I've done in Metafilter before, some not. I'm going to try for one *thing* a day for a while, see how that works. Again, thanks to everyone who helped!
    posted by The Whelk at 1:40 PM on June 22, 2009

    Do I get commission?
    posted by i_cola at 3:59 PM on July 16, 2009

    Only if I become wealthy and famous beyond my wildest dreams.

    And I got pretty wild dreams.
    posted by The Whelk at 8:49 PM on July 16, 2009

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