Saturday, 12 December 2015

My Blog Name

Life As Mum has a great linky looking at the meanings behind people's blog names. Here's my contribution...


I read lots of mummy blogs during my pregnancy, and I decided that once Marianna was born I would set up my own. I'm too superstitious about counting my eggs before they hatch to have been able to blog during the pregnancy itself and, then, I had to wait until she was discharged from hospital at three weeks old for the same reason. Finally, I had my baby at home and I was ready to begin blogging with the name I had already decided on: Baby and Me.

Except I knew that would be a nightmare to get as a username, so I followed the advice my dad gave me many years ago, back when I was setting up my very first email address... I used the Welsh language version instead: Babi a Fi. I googled to check what came up and, aside from a couple of baby and toddler groups, I was in the clear.

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This old sketch helped me settle on the blog name.

I do have wobbles about it, mainly because the lack of English in it is probably off-putting to people if they just see it in a list or something. But, overall, I'm really pleased with the name because it can cover all the weird and wonderful things I want to write about. It's a blog about our lives, and all the random interests which make them worth living. And it's definitely an improvement on some of my previous online monikers -

drygionus, ssquirrel, aeronwyn, mererid, plastigffantastig, starrrz...





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20 comments:

  1. It's nice to know the reason behind your blog name and I like it :) I had actually thought the Fi had to do with a name of a person - but I like it more now that I know.

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    1. I always wonder what people might think it means, so that's really cool to hear! :)

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  2. Now there's an idea for a post! But I totally get your blog name - being a Welshie it makes complete sense. x

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    1. It's served me well in the quest for usernames! :)

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  3. I really like your blog name, I presumed it was Welsh but didn't really know what it meant, it's nice to know meaning behind why people choose the blog name they do although I don't think mine needs any explanation! #KCACOLS

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    1. :D Thank you! Me too, I love peeking into other people's decision making processes - especially as I'm one of the least decisive people on the face of the planet...

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  4. Your blog name always makes me smile because you don't meet many other Welsh-speaking bloggers - I think had my blog name not felt fairly obvious to me, I would've gone for a Welsh one! #KCACOLS

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    1. I'm definitely wearing my colours on my sleeve, as it were! At least it's a short name, the worst is when you have to spell Welsh usernames out over the phone and the person on the other end is just like, wtf? lol. :D

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  5. I think it would make people more curious to find out what it was about.I'm ashamed to say I don't speak Welsh apart from the obvious.We didn't do any of it at school but my kids know loads x #kcacols

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    1. I don't speak it well enough for work - we have to have simultaneous translation sometimes and I try to go without it for most of the session, then there will just be like three sentences in a row that leave me thinking, I have absolutely no idea what we are talking about...

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  6. Ah that's a good idea! It's nice to know what your blog name means :) #KCACOLS

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  7. Every time I see the name I keep meaning to ask where it came from - and here is the answer! How lovely. Nicky #KCACOLS

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  8. I'm so glad that you told us the meaning of your blog name as I was always wondering the same. I was actually thinking to ask you too. So now we all know!! ;-) It is a great idea to have it in Welsh as it is different. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS! I hope you join me again tomorrow for the last #KCACOLS of 2015!!! :-) xx

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    1. I've always wondered if people could tell what it meant too, so it's been cool to find that out. :) I like the idea of using a bit of Welsh, because if we stay in Wales Marianna will have to learn it - so I'll have to improve mine too! :)

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  9. What a good choice! It's so hard finding a unique yet meaningful blog name that is still available. It's great that you got the name you wanted and that it's something different #KCACOLS

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    1. That's it, everything seems to be already taken!

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  10. Sorry it's taken me so long to come and read this, time keeps running away from me! I'll admit I thought it was something more foreign than Welsh when I first read it but I love how individual it is :)

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    1. I know the feeling exactly - there never seem to be enough hours in the day! Aw, thank you! :)

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