Help Name a Records Management Blog
June 5, 2012 11:24 AM   Subscribe

Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog.

What we'll be talking about includes: using and creating Records Retention Schedules (lists of records in your office and how long to keep them), Public Records Law and the public's access to the records, challenges of electronic records, email etc. Our audience will be state and local government officials and employees.

All I got is "Pushing Paper." I know I can count on you folks for some creative suggestions. Fun and slightly irreverent is OK. Thanks!
posted by marxchivist to Law & Government (15 answers total)
On the record.
posted by Michele in California at 11:25 AM on June 5, 2012

Take Note
Details, Details
For the Record
posted by General Tonic at 11:29 AM on June 5, 2012

Annals Retention
posted by ElCuadrangular at 11:32 AM on June 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Off The Record
Re: Records
Thinking Inside the (Banker's) Box
Professional Hoarding
It's In Here Somewhere
Not Your Grandma's Storage Locker
The Other World Records
Access This
Retention Hall
1983 is alive and well and living in HK145.245
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:32 AM on June 5, 2012 [3 favorites]

Don't go for cute. Go for search engine friendly. You will not drag in eyeballs if they can't find the blog. You can always make a subhed that's cute and funny.
posted by Ideefixe at 11:37 AM on June 5, 2012 [4 favorites]

I think the only options are "On The Record" and "Off The Record." ("For The Record" sounds too pretentious, like you are going to be constantly correcting minutia.)
posted by Snarl Furillo at 11:38 AM on June 5, 2012

Permanent Record.
posted by General Malaise at 11:41 AM on June 5, 2012

Nerds Of Records Management At Large (NORMAL)

Facets Of Records Management (FORM)

...or other acronyms with "RM" in them, just for fun.


Heavy Metal Records Management (as in "serious business" and get a stock photo of a long-haired guitar shredder)

Kingdom of Records Management (then use little feudal-sounding terms for the various sections...nothing too serious, just for fun)

Record Management Zone (use Twilight Zone font or something like it)

Mysteries of Record Management (use some sort of egyptian theme--hieroglyphics, etc.)

IMO in order to build an audience, it would be worth your while to make it fun. So much sameness out there...forget SEO for the blog title (another IMO...that sucks too much fun out); do make sure your article titles are sane and search engine friendly.
posted by circular at 11:52 AM on June 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Man, just mulling this over...this field is ripe for jokes and stuff. Like:

Record Management Can Be Fun
posted by circular at 11:55 AM on June 5, 2012 [3 favorites]

Of Record: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Records Management (But Were Afraid to Ask)
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:01 PM on June 5, 2012

The File Files
posted by rhizome at 1:04 PM on June 5, 2012 [4 favorites]

Keeping Records
Record Keepers
Akashic Records
Institutional Memory (or Memories)
Recording life, the universe and everything
posted by rjs at 1:05 PM on June 5, 2012

Honestly, no one is going to be interested in this blog unless they are already interested in the topic or, more likely, are researching specific information. I agree with what was stated above about avoiding being cutesy. I would call it "Record Management Blog," for real.
posted by Falconetti at 3:14 PM on June 5, 2012

In The Stacks
Behind the Cabinet
Bottom of the Drawer
something else that sounds like a Emily Dickinson poem.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:34 PM on June 5, 2012

Response by poster: The higher-ups decided to go with "The GS 132 Files: [our state] Records Management Blog."

With "GS 132" being the Public Records Law for our state. Thanks for the suggestions everyone, the branch heads did have some fun with them in their meeting.
posted by marxchivist at 5:48 AM on June 21, 2012

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