Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NMC Name Change

For a very long time I've hoped to redo this entire site. Anybody that has any ounce of web knowledge knows how stupid it is for me to change everything at this point. My SEO will go out the window, but I've never been here for hits, just the music. Along with the name change, there will be a complete redesign and I'll finally get a real URL.

The thing is, when I started this blog it was just for friends and I picked a name in about one minute, but now it's just a terrible and inaccurate descriptor of what this site is about. I want something unique with fewer creative boundaries. For instance, something I can utter in a noisy concert venue that people will remember and know how to spell. The whole process before me feels like Pinocchio when he finally gets to be a real boy, except I'll be turning this into a "real blog" and I'm excited about it. Here are the choices:

The Enamored Whale

  • PROS: This is a play on my last name, and is fitting in more ways than I'll list. Whales spend time just swimming along singing songs to each other. Everyone knows whales are the coolest mammals out there. I know how to draw whales.
  • CONS: I didn't know about this until I had already come up with the name and started searching for "The Enamored Whale" but an established and professional artist already has a series of artwork out there with the same name. Could cause issues? TEW is an ugly abbreviation.

Crack In The Cloud

  • PROS: It comes from lyrics in a Traffic song that has also served as my twitter bio for the past few months. It's a bit magical. "Climbed on the back of a giant albatross, which flew through a crack in the cloud, to a place where happiness reigned all year round & music played ever so loudly." Don't we all want to fly through that crack in the cloud? I imagine it's something like this but with music.
  • CONS: Not many people know of Traffic, a band from the 70s. The song isn't the type of music I post about often. It's a long name. 
  • PROS: Easy short name. I have the twitter handle.
  • CONS: It's cheesy and really dumb, pretend this isn't here.

New Music Collaborative
  • PROS: I've had it for 1.5 years
  • CONS: Nobody remembers what the "Co" is. It's not representative/explanatory of the site. Lame sauce. URLs with this name are tricky. But if you think I should keep it, I will.
If you took the time to read this, thank you a million times. If you could do me a huge favor and vote it will play a big part (but not necessarily a definitive part) in my decision. If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know. Thanks to all the readers, twitter friends, facebook followers, and the kindness of strangers who have kept it/me going this far, without you this wouldn't be nearly as much fun. I can't wait to become a real blog.

Also, if you think all my choices suck, please let me know, I won't be offended. Suggest anything.


  1. I like the new background. Keep it.

  2. what about the free whaler? or free whale? no boundaries kind of thing...


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