Time for Change?

I’m not much of a hippy. I’m an impostor. In fact I kind of feel a bit rude borrowing the name from the real hippies out there making a change for the good in the world while I still shop at places so cheap their production practises are probably questionable. I have sort of covered why I chose the name The Hippy Christian Mum in my blog post and my About Me page. It was to do with certain personal  parenting choices I have made like home birthing, longer breastfeeding and baby-wearing. But I’m a luke-warm hippy at best. No more or less a hippy than most people really.  I love the idea of not flushing chemicals out into the waste system but at the same time I really just want to clean my loo.

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So although I’ve never claimed to be an all out activist I do wonder if my blog name is right overall. I really do not want to mis-lead. I also do not entirely fit into the Christian blogger groups as my posts are never super spiritual. I never meant for them to be, and that’s OK with me.  This was always a mummy blog and that’s what I want it to be. I’m secure about my faith so I don’t mind being a bit off the beaten track with that.  I enjoy reading those posts too.

So either I don’t really fit anywhere or I’m a blogging genius and I’ve created my very own super niche. Which is more likely I wonder? Does the name just exclude me from both groups, just frittering on the outskirts of all of them?  I certainly do connect with and enjoy reading other hippy type blogs. And with the name The Hippy Christian Mum I could be more likely to be approached by companies who are thoughtful about their environmental impact. That would be right up my street because I think that’s really commendable. The idea of a complete re-brand seems daunting, and restarting at a DA of 0, but the general advice seems to be if you are thinking of doing it to do it earlier rather than later.

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Maybe I’m experiencing some sort of blogger nerves as my blog approaches it’s 1st year anniversary (May 27th if you’re wondering). I am actually a lot more excited about that than I thought I would be. I cannot help but compare my blog to others that have been going about the same length of time. Usually I fall short but then I remember how much I love blogging and I suppose that can’t be measured in page views. (That’s not to say people with high numbers don’t do it because they love it too!)

I go from buzzing with ideas about really driving my blog to days where I feel silly for even thinking like that. I wonder if The Hippy Christian Mum really just sounds quite condescending. The original thought behind it was to juxtapose two terms-even though they actually go well together when you think about it.

Maybe if I’m happy just pootling along then there’s no need to change the name but if I look to the long term and hope to forward it then perhaps a change would be good?

The only thing is I just got some business cards made up.

What do you think? Have you ever changed the name of your blog before? Was it easy and are you glad you did it? Did you get 1st anniversary nerves? Or is that just me?! Would you change the name of your blog?

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. 14th May 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I love the name of your blog, but from personal experience I would say if you have any doubts about it- where it’s taking you and where you want to go, to consider changing it now. I started blogging in 2011 with ‘babies’ in the name of my blog. I didn’t know what blogging was really when I started it was a family online diary. ‘Babies’ quickly became children. I waited until 2015 before changing it, and I actually used the opportunity to start over completely. I wish I had made the move earlier, but I guess it’s about why you want to change more than anything else.

    • thehippychristianmum
      15th May 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks Debbie good advice.

  2. 14th May 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I LOVE your blog and the way you write so as long as you are the one writing, then it’s you people buy into. I think it’s a great blog name and even though you’re having wobbles about it now, it is a name that people remember as it is different. Whatever you decide, just remember that I will support you. I think you’re doing amazingly and I’m really excited for what year two will bring! Keep doing what you’re doing and writing in a way that speaks to peoples emotions, happy, sad, thought provoking, or whatever it happens to be! Love you girl xxx

    • 14th May 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you Ceri so much for your support. I love that we’re both blogging & vlogging at the same time as each other. I’m right behind you too. MyahzineTV is awesome and the same, I’m looking forward to seeing it progress it’s going to be great. That’s such a lush comment. Always will be me writing it & just me x thank you xxx

  3. 15th May 2017 / 12:22 am

    I actually thought about changing my blog name like a week after I paid for everything and started blogging! Geez, names seem to always be the hardest part of starting anything. I have seen some big blogs go through name change, but I think it works because they have a huge following. As a regular old mom blogger, I may not be 100% be behind my blog name, but I figured if I went ahead and started with it, don’t go around second guessing myself. I think you are fine. It’s not misleading people when you are upfront about the meaning of the name and what you write about in an about page or somewhere easy to find on your blog. Don’t worry 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • thehippychristianmum
      15th May 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Paula, yeah the naming is hard!

  4. Finn
    15th May 2017 / 6:34 am

    I would just stick with it. No name can properly encapsulate exactly who we are and there is always room for improvement but I would say if you have great content (as you do) and the name at least indicates the type of blog (which it does) then it’s fine. #KCACOLS

    • thehippychristianmum
      15th May 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Finn that’s really kind of you to say 🙂

  5. 15th May 2017 / 2:50 pm

    We are new bloggers and chose a non-descript name, if you think it will make you more comfortable change the name otherwise don’t worry about it lol #kcacols

    • thehippychristianmum
      15th May 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Haha #simples 😉

  6. 20th May 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I need to change the name and the URL of my travel blog. Just hopeless but I’m too lazy..so it’s been about 6 years now…Congrats on the first year. Remember, the blossom doesn’t concern itself with the other blossoms, it just blooms #Kcacols

  7. 22nd May 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Ah big decision! A tough one really. I just made the switch to self hosted and decided it was probably better to do it sooner rather than later in case I lost all of my followers or messed everything up totally. I figured the stakes would be higher the longer I left it. Good luck with your decision! x
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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