What’s My Line?

A good name can get you far in life.  Apple.  Elvis.  Madonna.  Nike.  But, a great tagline can get you remembered.  I am not a crook.  You like me, you really like me!  I’m lovin’ it.   Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

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In the Blog-O-Sphere, you need to have a great title to attract readers to your sight.  Even with posts, you must be creative, witty, and informative when labeling each and every article.  “A Post About Doctors” is not nearly as fun and enticing as “Turn Your Head and Cough.” A great title can help or hinder a sight from rising to great heights.

When thinking up a moniker for your site, however, there is a sub-title which can be applied, as well.  This is called the tagline, and it serves to offer another label to define your blog.  The taglines I’ve seen have typically been humorous, or even straight to the point.  A blog about travel.  A site for mothers.  Straight from the horse’s mouth.  Over the river and through the woods. A few more words to leave you with to give the blog more character.  Simple and effective.

For the past 2 months, Miracle on 32nd Street has exhibited a very festive holiday theme, which was retired for the season this past Monday.  I also updated my blog picture, opting to also store away the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree logo until next November.  I’m beginning to take down the rest of the holiday remnants, which will be completed by the end of the week, but there is one item that leaves me scratching my head:  the tagline.

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The holiday tagline was, as it is still displayed above, Helping to make the season brighter”taken as direct inspiration from the timeless carol “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).”  It also correlated with my challenge to accomplish one random act of “Christmas” (RAC) per day.  But now, almost three weeks removed from Christmas, the tagline has to change for the new year…and I confess…I’m stuck.

How do I label my blog now that the original inspiration for its creation has wrapped up?  I puzzled over a new tagline all morning and all afternoon, and now?  Nothing.  Blank.  Zilch.  Nada.

I even solicited help today to concoct a winning tagline…Uncle Lewis was at the ready and all too willing to offer his thoughts:

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Aunt Bethany: I need a new tagline for my blog.

Uncle Lewis: One woman’s take…from RAC to CARE…everything from A-Z…

Aunt Bethany: From my bedroom to yours?

Uncle Lewis: Straight from the pillows of my bed!

Aunt Bethany: Ugh, this is tough.

Uncle Lewis: Your light at the darkest time of the year.

Aunt Bethany: The pepperoni on your pizza…

Uncle Lewis: The meat in your Meat Lover’s!

Aunt Bethany: A snowball in hell…

Uncle Lewis: A bright spot in a dark place!

Aunt Bethany: A wet spot in a dry place!

Uncle Lewis: Go to the light!

Aunt Bethany: Trust the force!  Don’t call me Junior!  It’s not a tumor!

Uncle Lewis: Boys have penises… girls have vaginas!

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So you see, we didn’t get anywhere.  My later Twitter update still revealed I had made no progress:

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It’s incredibly hard to find a label for an idea which was born out of another idea.  I started this blog as a way to chronicle my RACs throughout the holiday season.  Now, I’m blogging for blogging’s sake, keeping humor at the forefront of each and every post.   There is no specific aim:  this isn’t a photo-blog, although there may be pictures.  This isn’t a baking site, although there may be recipes.  This isn’t your daily dose of inspiration, although my words may humbly inspire.  And, above all else, laughter is key.  But, how on earth do I sum that up in one sentence?

So, I set the challenge to you, my dear friends.  Anyone inspired in the ways of The Tagline?  Someone, anyone…help me, Obi Wan Kenobi…you’re my only hope.  Otherwise, my tagline will consist solely of inappropriate jokes and sandwich meats.

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37 responses to this post.

  1. I like the one from Kindergarten Cop.

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  2. Blogging for blogging’s sake since Monday

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  3. Posted by Uncle Lewis on January 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I still love “If you love me, you’ll post on the wet spot”

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  4. haha! It’s a tough one. I try to rethink mine from time to time because it is so generic but yet it says exactly what my blog is about..all things…but it’s just boring.
    It will come to you, like a lightbulb turning on.
    I like the boys have penises and girls have vaginas! Love it!

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    • You know what, I am a complete dumbass. What I just talked about is my title…so just act like that part of my comment never existed. Wow..it’s too early for me to be commenting.
      My tag line is “always..dance like no one is watching”. I have this for a couple of different reasons. One I love to dance and two it reminds me of my mom because her and I would dance like fools in the living room and it reminds me of her.
      Ok i feel better. I am checking my brain and will not comment on any other blogs until I have more coffee pumping through my veins.

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      • It’s never too early for you to comment, Fnkybee. PLEASE comment more when there’s no caffeine in your system. In fact, do a whole POST with no caffeine…and draw pictures.

        I love the idea behind your tagline. It gives me an idea to incorporate something personal, but private, into mine.

        Go. Drink. Caffeinate. 🙂

    • You’re the second person to vote for that one!

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  5. That’s a toughy. I’m actually glad you posted this because it made me realize that I have a really stupid tagline that I’ve been “meaning to change” for months.
    Maybe play up the “Aunt” thing! “Like your Aunt…but CRAZIER!”

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    • I’m open to suggestions! So far, the few people have come up with have either been hysterical or inapppropriate (which is always a good combination)!

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      • Posted by leglamp5 on November 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        “Don’t throw me down Clarke…I”ll try not to Aunt Bethanny” OR ” Is your house on fire Clarke?” We love where Clarke asks her to say grace and she says “grace? She died 30 yrs ago!” And then my 4 & 5 yr olds w/ me & my husband say grandpa’s quote with the pointing to his gross teeth, “THE BLESSING!” Funny as hell. Mine aren’t dirty as others…but those were good!

  6. Ooohhh! I love the new layout! I had the same problem with my tagline, so I decided that, much like consciousness, taglines are a crutch.

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  7. This is a tough one – tag lines are hard to come up with, but it looks like you have some good ideas so far. Keep brainstorming and you will stumble upon one you love.

    I was looking at your About page and think your tagline could still incorporate the holiday theme. Like Christmas Every Day or something about keeping the spirit alive all year.

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    • Hey Lucy! Glad to see you over here! I enjoyed reading your stuff this morning. You’ve offered the first idea which keeps Christmas in the tagline somehow…I’ve entertained that thought, too. Just want to have a phrase that can be inclusive to my other interests as well.

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  8. This one!!!!
    Trust the force! Don’t call me Junior! It’s not a tumor!

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  9. Ooh fun game. First of all, depending on your goals you could always go with a revolving/topical tagline if you’re not terribly concerned with branding. Very postmodern.

    I don’t think anyone can come up with your tagline, but I’ll try. I reserve the right to come back later and try again.

    Miracle On 32nd Street:
    The Princess Is In Another Castle
    The Princess’ Other Castle
    “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.”
    I’m Not Left-Handed Either
    Psycho Ballet Dancers Shouldn’t Do Drugs
    Acey Ain’t In Charge No More

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    • I gotta admit…I love the one about not being left-handed. Oh, and “the princess is in another castle,” straight from Mario World. Of course, then I like the ballet dancer one because of the insanity which was “Black Swan,” and the Home Alone line also grabs my attention. Sigh…too many great ideas, Clay…got any more?

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  10. – Not just for breakfast any more.
    – Oh dear, did I break wind?
    – Because every day is somebody’s birthday.
    – The gift that keeps on giving.
    – Same great taste, with half the calories.
    – Because real life doesn’t have a laugh track.

    The last one is my favorite. Hope you like ’em!

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    • Larry, some GREAT ideas! I love the “breaking wind” one, and the last one. I think I am going to post all of the suggestions I’ve received tomorrow, and debate it further! You are already giving me great ideas!

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  11. Looking at the shitter as half full.

    Print it.

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    • I can swear on WordPress, right? There won’t be another official email into my inbox reprimanding me for saying “shitter”? I already got one for inserting my website link into comments….I got my wrist slapped for that.

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  12. Your sidebar says “Sweet Tweets of the Season,” as well. Another clever tag you need to come up with. Just saying…

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  13. I love Larry’s “Oh dear, did I break wind?” even though casual passers by won’t get it. Aunt Bethany is the star here so…

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  14. I am ALL for inappropriate jokes and sandwich meats! Which reminds me, when I set up my blog MONTHS ago, I vowed to change the title AND tagline to something more, well… ME. Still haven’t done either.

    Anyway… back to YOUR tagline. Don’t forget that there’s a whole library of Jack Black lines that could be fun. And there’s always my favorite from Mean Girls. “Boo! You Whore!”

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    • I rather like your blog title! It’s unique, and it always grabs my attention when your email subscription lands in my box!

      I’ll add “Boo, you whore!” to the list! I’m going to compile all of the suggestions and go from there!

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  15. Mindful Mirth

    Don’t forget the little people when you are bloggy famous because of it. 🙂 lol

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    • Man…I keep getting really good ideas for this tagline. This is going to be a hard decision.

      And when will I be “bloggy” famous, huh?? How about we write Oprah together and petition her to give us lots of money to publish our blogs…sound good?

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