Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What's in a name?

Sorry, nothing profound here about names or naming things. I'm just in the middle of rethinking some things on this blog, and I'm rethinking the name. "The Schooley Files" was originally the name of an old website on which I had published some papers, most of which now appear as posts or series here. I'd come up with the name in imitation of a now-apparently-defunct website called "The David Ponter Papers." It just seemed like an intriguing title, and after all, that's what the site was: contents of my files that I thought other people might find worth reading.

It seems to me, though, that very few bloggers, at least of the type I frequent, have the main author's name as part of the title of the blog, and I'm wondering if it comes off as conceited to readers. The thing is, I don't really know what else to call it. My own bent would be to use a Greek word as a title, like Aletheia (Truth) or Dikaiosune (Righteousness, Justice). I could make a cool banner graphic screening in the Greek lettering in the background. But the words wouldn't resonate for most people, and there would be problems in spelling and therefore finding it (should I choose to use it as a domain name).

Nothing else comes to mind. I don't want to pigeonhole myself ("The Arminian Advocate," "The Pentecostal Scholar"--ugh!) and I'm not blogging on behalf of a church or larger organization that might lend itself as a ready name.

So I'm open to suggestions. Any impressions that the blog overall gives you? (This lends itself to something with "shudder" in the title....) Or maybe I'm making much ado about nothing.


  1. I like the name. It doesn't strike me as conceited at all. Besides, the truth IS out there.

  2. Agent Skully, meet Agent Schooley.

  3. I say leave it.

    There's a kind of verbal bit of fun with your name -- schooley/school -- that caught my attention at first. I don't know if you don't see it that way because it's always been your name...

    Personally, I think the last thing we need in the blogosphere is another blog with a Latin/Greek name. Now that comes off as pretentious.

  4. I like the name you have now and have never seen it at conceited.

  5. Okay, thanks everyone. I guess I was worried about nothing. I just don't want to have something that would inadvertently put people off. If they're going to be put off, I'd rather do it advertently.

  6. Hi Keith,

    I like the name just as it is. If you were to change it, your line from this post "predestined to be an armenian" might be fun.

    Dave Porter