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Contest: Name My Blog, Win Prizes

UPDATE, December 1, 2014: Contest is over! Winners announced!

I like blogs. The best blogs almost always have a good name, even if the blog itself is a promotional tool or “side business” for the person who writes it. A good blog name puts things in context. It sets the tone. Blog names can be descriptive, funny, clever, bizarre, or stupid. Quite often, they are two or more of those things.

John Scalzi’s blog is named “Whatever.” Patton Oswalt’s is called “Spew.” Both names are perfect for their respective creators. I’m disappointed that my blog doesn’t have a name. Right now the title is “Matt Perkins Blog,” which is super boring. Super, duper boring, perhaps. Especially compared to “Spew.” I may as well have left the title blank.

I wish I could think up an excellent title, but for some reason I’m coming up empty. Thus, I’ve decided to do a contest to let you guys choose the title of my blog. Hopefully you can do better than I did, or at least have some fun trying.

Speaking of fun, what fun would a contest be without fabulous prizes? Here’s what I’m offering:

  • For the winning entry: a $25 (US) Amazon.com gift certificate
  • For two runners-up: a $10 (US) Amazon.com gift certificate

In addition, the winner, runners-up, and two other random contestants (i.e. five contestants in total) will receive a free copy of Winterwakers Part 1: Cold Hands for Kindle. Yay!

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First Posts Are Always Shitty

Okay, perhaps the title is a wee bit cynical, but it’s not far from the truth.  I’ve been blogging on and off (mostly off) since around 2000 – you know, back when the Internet was still a crazy, mysterious, alien goddess nobody seemed to know what to do with.  I thought about providing you with some web.archive.org links as evidence of these earlier attempts at being clever, but nope, that’s not happening.  No one needs to see that.

Seriously, it would be best for everyone if we just pretended this is my first ever blog.

Anyway, trust me: first posts suck.  The standard reason for this is that the excited blogger usually feels that he/she/it needs to go on and on about the divine purpose of their new blog.  Literally no one needs to know that shit; this is even more true in 2014 than it was when I was a smiling, doe-eyed, newbie blogger.  We’ve all been Internetting (seriously, spell check? I think that should be a word) long enough to know what a blog is for.  We know that businesses and professionals use them to “expand their online presence” or “engage with customers” or some such bullshit, which is all just a polite way of saying “our SEO consultant said to blog if we want a higher ranking on Google, and we paid him a fuck-ton of money, so he must be right.” Continue Reading