10 April 2010

Yackety-yak: What's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - Shakespeare

My lovelies, I need your opinions...

What do you think of taglines (i.e. slogans) that go with or under a blog header, title, or name? Are they necessary? Do they help new visitors know what a particular site is about? Or do you simply trust the content to convey the goal of a web site or blog?

I am desperately trying to determine if I need a slogan and if so what it should say. It should contain the words "whimsical" or "fanciful" and convey that I review books. Does my title sufficiently do that? Do you have any ideas? Do you like or dislike my current catchphrase, "Literary reviews of my whimsical escapes"?

Any and all opinions are welcome. However, please do be gentle. I am quite the sensitive nelly, ya know. *wink wink*

36 comments :

  1. I like blog taglines because it lets me know a little about the blog before I enter, especially if the name is vague. Yours is full of personality so I wouldn't think it as necessary. Personally, I loved the name so much I dove right in. :-)

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  2. I actually LOVE the title and the subheader thingy you have right now! I'd be sad if you changed it!!

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  3. for me it's more the main blog name that's more memorable especially if it's full of personality and really catchy (and it rhymes). i like tag lines too as long as their short and sweet but i'm often miss them to tell the truth.

    can't wait to see the new header juju :)

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  4. I agree with Jenny, I love your blog name and slogan you have now. I think that for me it has more to do with the person behind the blog than the blog itself. It gives me a feel for what to expect...and so far yours seems to fit just perfectly!

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  5. I don't think taglines are necessary, but I like the one you do have! It conveys what your blog is about and it's fun and playful, like the rest of your blog. But if you really want to change it and you've already brainstormed a few ideas, you should let us hear them! Maybe could give you some helpful feedback. :)

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  6. +JMJ+

    Hi, Juju!

    I like taglines, too. If the title is the first thing everyone notices, the tagline is likely the very next thing. (That is, unless they're very visual, in which case they notice the blog design!)

    But I like the extra shot of wit they allow. I'd rather read a tagline to get a sense of a blog's content or a blogger's personality, than the longer blog description on the sidebar or a whole page. =)

    I hope this helps!

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  7. Juju- Thinking about branding, I reckon a tagline is important. As soon as you view the site, you know what the focus is. If I didn't have my tagline, I don't think it would be obvious what The Bookette is about.
    I think your current tagline is fab.
    What's brought on this self-doubt?
    I keep wondering if I should add in the word "passionately" to mine because I always have strong feelings on way or the other.

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  8. Thank you sweeties! It means to much to me to hear your words of wisdom and support. My brand makeover has me really wondering about taglines. I wasn't sure mine worked and who better to ask then my readers and fellow bloggers. Thank you so much for all the feedback. It really is helping.

    *hugs*

    Kris: Question (open to anyone really) so do you like:
    "literary reviews of my whimsical escapes" better than maybe something like
    "fanciful reads & reviews" or "fanciful reads. whimsical escapes. literary reviews."?

    Becky: I think passionately is a fantastic word for you! Go for it! You are always passionately reviewing YA fiction.

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  9. I like the first one or fanciful reads. whimsical escapes. literary reviews. But I still like the first one best. =)

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  10. Hey girl, thank for the words of encouragement! Keep 'em comin, uummm like in the middle of the night wink wink.

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  11. I think they can be fun, but you don't need to have one just for the sake of having one. I have a tagline, because my blog title is a little ambiguous, but your title does a good job of conveying what your blog is about.

    Also, your awesomeness speaks for itself.

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  12. I like your current tag, though for me, I can never come up with a good tag line so I don't really use them but here's my try:

    "literary readings from a whimsical mind"

    "whimsical escapes from a fanciful mind"

    "whimsical reviews from a book escapist"

    that's all I've got

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  13. I guess I haven't given much thought to branding. I'm still trying to figure this all out. I did like what you were using if that is any help at all.

    Thank you for your support in getting my blog up and running. Your comments always let me know that someone is actually reading :)

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  14. I always loved your little slogan! It's so creative and fun - it really suits you and your blog!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by, got me the chance to visit your lovely blog.

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  16. I do like tags! They add a nice touch and tell more about the blog. Your current one is great.

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  17. I don't really have a strong feeling about tags. They have been helpful at times to see, on a quick glance what a blog is about but I rather read the blog owners profile. I gave up trying to come up with one for my blog :) I do like yours though.

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  18. Oh, my dear..., I'm struggling to come up with a tag line for Daily Vitamin Sea (I'm not liking the one very much that's there). I do like the tag lines though..., and think that yours sounds great!

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  19. I think your header is actually pretty good. I do think that the tagline is necessary. I don't have one yet, I'm still working on it. But when I visit someone's book blog, I like to also know if that person reviews any specific genre of book (always or mostly). It helps getting the right kind of followers. Unless of course the blogger reads all across the spectrum. These are the things I would look for!

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  20. I like your current tagline. Before the construction bit. One could rely on content to convey to your readers what your blog is about but that means that your readers have to look around first before they know what your blog is about and some browsers can't be bothered to do that. Taglines are not necessary, but it's good to have.

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  21. I find it helpful if the tag line indicates what type of books the blogger usually read! If I see one that said mainly urban fantasy/paranormal/chick lit/romance etc I'll likely skip... but if it said non-fiction, crime etc i'll likely read posts or add to google! haven't said that, i haven't updated my tagline for a while!

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  22. Tag lines don't interest me much. I usually look over the blog to see if I'm interested. I may look at the tag line later but it's never the first thing I check out.

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  23. I think it's all about the feeling that you get when you see the blog. :)
    If you do want a tagline, I adore literary reviews of my whimsical escapes!!! It's so you! :)
    Love it.

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  24. I never really focus on the tagline - so evident in the super basic one on my blog LOL. I love what you've got and can't wait to see the blog all spiffied up!!!

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  25. I love what you have!
    By the way, although I'm running late today...it's finally UP!!!
    Head on over and check out your fantastic interview!!!!

    http://anovelsource.blogspot.com/2010/04/sunday-serenade_11.html

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  26. I love, love, love small descriptions about a site, especially when they fit in with the title. Just like yours! Yours sounds brilliant, by the way. I love how you included "whimsical", which is a very awesome word. Hehe.

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  27. I take everything. I think if your tag line doesnt match what your site is portraying I might skip over a blog. I think I lean more towards the set up of blog. Easy Access etc.

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  28. I love that you've really put some thought into your tagline! This is why your blog rocks. :) Out of the two possible new ones, I like "fanciful reads. whimsical escapes. literary reviews." But it seems that many of your readers (including me), find your existing tagline to fit you. So even if you don't end up changing it, you can be confident that the one you have now is awesomeness. :-)

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  29. Actually your name and title are what drew me to your blog. Tags, for me, are whatever. I added my tag line because I felt like I needed something extra to go with the pciture. When I started my blog I was obviously not in a very creative mood. I feel it's too late to change anything now.

    I also like the color scheme you have going on. It goes with the tales of whimsy :)
    Are you tired of your header? Because the girl was reading and right away I knew it was a book blog.

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  30. Holy Crazy Woman!! Thank you many times over for visiting me and (seemingly) reading everything. Even way back from before it was a book blog! How do you manage the time for that kind of thing?? And you commented all over! You have to be the sweetest person ever. (I feel like you must know me inside out now :)

    Anyway, I love your title and your blog AND your tagline. Can't wait to see your header! See you soon.

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  31. Julie: What can I say. I visit lots of blogs but I instantly LOVED yours! :) When I love a blog I want to read more more more :)

    Jenny: Thank you for stopping by. While I loved my header - I didn't feel it really truly reflected everything I'm about. Which is why I am SO excited about my upcoming one.

    Kris: Thank you thank you! And thank you for stopping back by.

    Thank you thank you thank you everyone. I have been diligently reading and combing through all your feedback. *hugs*

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  32. First off....I love the name of your site. It fits exactly what you cover and is catchy to boot! Second...taglines (in my opinion) aren't required, but do help to distinguish your site a bit more...especially if the title (not in your case, but in some) is something very similiar to a lot of other sites....helps to remember yours a part from the fray.. ^_^

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  33. I love your tag line. It is... very you:) I do not have one but I am thinking about making one lol. I love the name of your site. When I see it on my blog I know it is you:)I hope you don't change anything but if you do I understand. I cannot wait to see the new header. Waiting on pins and needles here:)
    Bobbie

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  34. A lot of really useful comments have already been made. They can be quite good if your blog is ambiguous, but your blog title isn't that difficult to understand. But I don't think it would hurt you in any way. You'll notice I don't have a tagline on mine. But I do like yours in the "under construction" zone. :)

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  35. I love both your current title and tag line...I hope you decide to keep them ;)

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  36. I really think your name alone is a good tag line all in it's self. Hmmm. I'll think on it.

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