Because I enjoy giving myself random and pointless assignments, I decided to change the name of my blog every day for one month. It started out as a creative challenge, but almost immediately I realized that it offered a valuable lesson in impermanence. In the last month, I came up with a few winners, but no matter how much I liked a title, I had to chuck it in the morning and find another to take its place. The forever changing blog name challenge taught me not to get attached, to enjoy and appreciate each name fully, and then let it go. Whatever the name that day; that was the name. Yesterday's name ceased to exist and tomorrow's name didn't matter. The blog lived in the moment of its present title.
Accepting the impermanence of any given name was a good experience for me, because life is like that too. To live fully, we must be present in the moment. The moment is all we really have.
After a few weeks, however, changing my blog's name started to become a pain in the ass. It felt more like a chore than a lesson in impermanence. I would occasionally whine about having to do it. This was ridiculous because, in reality, I didn't HAVE to change it. I had created this chore for myself. And when you think about it, we create unnecessary work for ourselves all the time. Sometimes we do it to scratch a creative itch. Sometimes we do it for the greater good. Still other times we do it because of a sense that we ought to. I felt like someone who decides to grind all her own grain and then complains about how much work it is to make pancakes, when all-the-while flour is sitting there on the shelf of the market, readily available. I gave myself the assignment of naming and renaming and then felt sorry for myself because I had such a high maintenance blog.
In the last few days, however, when I began to realize that the month was almost over, I began to feel sad about the imminent close of the change a day blog experiment. It wasn't a chore any longer. It was something to be savored. My opportunities to rename were dwindling and each renaming seemed precious. I had grown attached to it.
And now...the experiment is over. Impermanence once again. I did it for 4 weeks. Now what?
I will ponder this. You can ponder it too. You can send me suggestions.
Blogger didn't save the names. When I renamed, the old one was gone. But I saved them. Here is a list of the 28 names that were used.
- Apropos of Nothing
- Fanciful Nanciful's Dance-Along Blogfest
- Callithump Thunderblog
- Stepping In Puddles
- The Unscrabbled Mind
- The Adventures of Snark Cat and Smug Dog
- Walking on the Ceiling
- A Blog Named Sue
- Timid Pajamas
- Exploding Hairdo
- The Plight of the Raisins
- You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Blog Is About You
- Illegal Petrissage
- Take Note
- Your Reason to Get Up in the Morning
- Read, Rinse, Repeat
- Ask not what this blog can do for you, but what you can do for this blog
- Miss Sandra Stinglash's Guide to Manners
- Unmotivated Steps
- Icosahedron Blog-o-sphere
- The Sunshine Day School's Annual Fundraising Cookbook & Nutrition Guide
- Rambling Ramsey's Roadside Reader
- The Return of the Bay Leaves
- Gambol Hop Gallumpha
- The Blog Fairy Underground
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