Friday Five

Friday Five: What’s in a Name?

As posted by revhrod at RevGalBlogPals, and with reference to yours truly:

If you are a regular reader of Songbird's blog,
you know that "The Princess" has requested a new name. Her older
brother changed his "secret identity" a while back and now this lovely
young lady is searching for a new name on her mother's blog. This got
me to thinking. How do we come up with all of these names? There must
be at least a few good stories out there.

In honor of the
Princess I have posted a picture of one of my favorite members of
fictional royalty, Robert Munch's "Paperback Princess." She is a brave
young woman who doesn't need anyone else to fight her battles. And she
knows that what is most important isn't tiaras and finery but what's on
the inside. If you haven't read this little fairy tale, I highly
recommend it. But I digress.

The Princess is still working on this puzzle, but appreciates this post!

  1. So how did you come up with your blogging name? And/or the name of your blog? When I started blogging, I didn't expect anyone to read my blog! It had a very boring name, "firstname's Musings." When I realized I had readers and also noticed how many other people (cough, cough–jo(e)–cough, couch) had fun nicknames on their blogs, I wanted to join the fun. At that time I thought about the birdcage story you used to see in the header at Set Free. Reflectionary was a subject heading I used there when I blogged about the lectionary. Songbird was part of my IM nickname going back to the 90s, so I went with that. I chose it then because I was a singer and to hide from a guy who knew me on AOL as firstinitialmaidenname. (Yes, I have a past.)
  2. Are there any code names or secret identities in your blog? Any stories there? Lots! Pure Luck is a trail name, from my husband's Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2000. He picked it for himself in response to some very happy coincidences, including coming across a six-pack of cold sodas in a stream, left by a Trail Fairy, and catching rides very conveniently when he hoped to get into towns.
  3. What are some blog titles that you just love? For their cleverness, drama, or sheer, crazy fun? One I always loved is Phantom Scribbler, but she is inactive now. And revhrod, you know I love yours: "You don't have to listen. I just like to talk." As a person who has talked many a friend and family member right to sleep, it suits me, too!
  4. What three blogs are you devoted to? Other than the RevGalBlogPals of course! I recently gave awards to some of my favorites, and I am devoted to the blogs of those I have met in person. It's hard to give three. Hmmm. I'm always eager to click through when my feed-reader shows me posts from my will smama (and it's not too late to pledge for her MS ride, top post!), I enjoy the cat-blogging at Catz and Best Of where I am Aunt Songbird, and on a very different note, I find I can't wait to hear more from Cecilia.
  5. Who introduced you to the world of blogging and why? I think I started hearing there was such a thing on the news. I didn't know any bloggers when I started. I made a few posts in early 2003, then started in earnest in 2004. From both beginnings I was writing about the lectionary, the family, the pets, the challenges of balancing family and ministry, as well as the inner landscape. In those early posts I claim to be envious of those who have blogs, but I have no idea who I thought had them!

Bonus question: Have you ever met any of your blogging friends? Where are some of the places you've met these fun folks? Lots! Here's a picture of a recent blogger visit, from revhrod herself! The Princess and I had dinner with revhrod and her daughter, and you can see that Molly joined us for a blogger shoe pic! (Click through for a bigger version.)

Three bloggers and two teenagers

21 thoughts on “Friday Five: What’s in a Name?”

  1. I love the pic 🙂 and am so glad you started blogging, you have inspired so many of us with your words.

  2. What a great play, Songbird! And I left a suggestion for you and Princess in my play. Hope you’ll stop by!
    Blessings and hugs,

  3. Your blog and RevGalBlogPals have enriched my life. Thanks for being a pioneer of both!

  4. Nice play! As for a new name, how about “the individual formerly known as princess.” You could shorten it to “tifkap.”

  5. This was so interesting. I think I wrote these questions just so I could get your specific answers. How silly! I could have just asked you? Anywho… I always imagined that Pure Luck’s name was something related to the two of you meeting. The truth isn’t as squishy, mushy but much more interesting! 😉
    Sue’s Tifkap suggestion made me laugh out loud. Don’t know why, but it did.

  6. I believe we have a new name: Light Princess (which shortens to LP, her former blog initials when she was Little Princess). There are all sorts of puns and references going on there, for those who like to speculate.

  7. wonderful play! good luck with the name change for princess. i adore “the paperbag princess”. it’s a great book.
    i’d like to say thanks to you as well–your blogging and revgal leadership has been more meaningful than i can find words for. thanks!

  8. I am enjoying this Friday five very much. I love the picture at the bottom!

  9. “Paperbag Princess” is one of my favorite books ever. It’s my babyshower gift always.
    I like “Light Princess.”

  10. The picture is wonderful! It was fun to read about your transitions in blog titles. I, too, am appreciative of your RevGal leadership, esp. with the websites. You’re probably the one who also remedied my early date on the RevGal prayer site. Thanks.

  11. I can’t wait to find out what the Princess chooses for her new name.

  12. Light Princess is a good name. Is that a book by George MacDonald, among the other references?
    As you will see, you inspired me too. And I love the picture with Molly’s paw!

  13. Great play! I enjoy your blog and am very glad to know you both in real life and on the blog world.
    I might be in your neck of the woods in the next couple of months, would love to see you again!
    BTW, the picture is so cute. My favorite shoe is Molly’s, does it come in a size 8 1/2 wide?

  14. Thanks for sharing your story today and for being a blog-catalyst for so many of us!!

  15. I, too thought Pure Luck was reference to you meeting each other. I like the story!

  16. Thank you for talking about us, Aunt Songbird.
    Our dog, Sister, the best cat nanny in the world, says, “Hi!”
    Love from your,
    Whistle, Fish and Dubby

  17. Great to learn a bit about your early blog. I enjoyed this post a lot.

  18. Process can be good or tedious when trying to get things done. Barbara gave me the award, btw. Thanks

  19. LOVE the meetup pic with the MollyPaw! Sorry I was too busy last week to play this FF, too.

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