Carolyn’s Online Magazine
I CREATED A NEW WORD: WRITOGRAPHY
OR DID I?
DID SOMEONE BEAT ME TO IT?
I called the vet to make an initial appointment for the pet that just adopted us.
“What kind of pet do you have?” the receptionist asked.
She asked me a bunch of other questions and gave me an appointment time. Only then did she ask me the cat’s name.
“Little Dog,” I said.
“I thought you said you had a cat,” she responded.
“We do,” I said. “But we have trouble naming things and my husband Monte doesn’t know the difference between a cat and a dog, so we began calling her Little Dog. And the name stuck.”
Naming Little Dog demonstrates the struggle Monte and I have naming things.
When I set up my first WordPress blog, which developed into a magazine format, the naming question reappeared. What should I name it? Somehow I decided on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, something short, sweet, simple, easy to remember.
Fast forward six years. CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS published 1,337 posts and the storage space percent indicates 71% of the allowed blog space is filled. It catches my eye because the number is red—warning me that I’m coming to the end of the blog space WordPress allows.
I took the warning seriously and decided if I needed to create a new blog site in the near future the best time to do so was with the incoming new year—January 1, 2015. I intended it to be a follow-up to and a continuation of CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
With the creation of a new blog came a challenge: what should I name it? Remember, naming things is an overwhelming task for me.
I wanted the name to be relevant, familiar, easy to remember, and to have a connection to CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. I tossed around numerous names, always returning to Carolyn’s Online Magazine. However, I felt that at 23 spaces it was a little too long. I thought about using its acronym, COMe (Credible, Observant, Motivated, ethical), as the website address, but wasn’t certain it would keep the first three letters in upper case, so I discredited it.
While discussing the blog-naming with a friend, an unfamiliar, new word popped into my mind: writography. Writography. A combination of what my magazine is about, writing and photography. What a neat word—it describes my online magazine as it developed on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
I looked up writographer online and didn’t find anything. But as much as I liked the word I felt it was too strange to use as a blog title. So I rejected it. However, I used it in the one sentence description of Carolyn’s Online Magazine that is found on the magazine’s header:
- A multi-genre, multi-topic writography magazine.
Before I posted this article I decided to surf the Internet, looking for the word writography. The results? I discovered my new word wasn’t quite so original as I thought it was. Note the following blog: writographyblog.wordpress.com. It’s only post begins as follows:
- You’re probably asking, what the heck is writography?…In a world where art means truly anything, I’m combining my two passions, photography and writing into one. You know that old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, I find this to be very true…
Had I not rejected writography for my online magazine name the WordPress host site would have rejected it for me.
While surfing the net, however, I discovered something neat. By using the word writography on my header every time I post an article it is listed under the search term writography:
- A Fireside Chat: Sisters Remember | Carolyn’s Online Magazine
- Jan 23, 2015 · A multi-genre, multi-topic writography magazine.
NOTE: The WordPress daily prompt for January 28, 2015, is Play Lexographer: Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.
Perhaps I didn’t create a new word—my word already existed—but at least I played the Lexigrapher game.