Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection is a Blog About Cats – How About Yours?

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There are only so many ways you can use the word “cat,” so just how does one go about picking a fresh, clever, and unique name for their cat blog amid the sea of competition?

It’s interesting, but when you boldly decide to write and self-publish your own book with no prior experience under the disillusioned assumption you will become an overnight sensation, that premise leaves a lot of room for reality, which is a vastly different scenario. I say this because now that I am a bona fide blogger with several years of blogging under my belt, I realize I didn’t really think things through in the naming of my blog department because I just assumed my renowned author celebrity status would be more than enough to drive traffic to my site. Brilliant plan, Deb…

First of all, I was one of those “old-fashioned” people who fought social technology tooth and nail and wanted NOTHING to do with it, therefore I knew very little about how the nuts and bolts of it operated to be successful. My blog, Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection, was created solely as the companion name to the book, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey, and Zee and Zoey were supposed to be icons like Brad and Angelina – everyone in the world would just naturally know who they were. I had no idea that I would evolve into a voice for serious cat advocacy issues, or be doing book and product reviews, interviews, or anything else not specifically related to Zee and Zoey.

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As far as I was concerned, all I needed was Zee & Zoey’s name to drive traffic to my blog, after all, they were the infamous “Zee & Zoey.” Who knew back then that blogs actually operate better with pertinent key words in the title of the blog…

Well, hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Had I known that I should have been thinking in a broader sense years ago about ways to drive traffic to my site, perhaps I would have applied some pretty basic logic to what I was doing, like maybe having the word “cat” somewhere in the title of my blog to let people know my blog is about cats. Moving forward, maybe one of these days I’ll do a slight design tweak and change the title of the blog to “Zee & Zoey’s Cat Connections” or “Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles” to be more search engine friendly.

All of this got me to thinking about some of the other cat blogs I visit and their titles. There are some great one’s out there that any cat lover can relate to, such as “Covered in Cat Hair” by Robin Olsen. Who among us as a cat lover has not experienced cat hair on either our clothes or our furniture! Or like me, covered in actual cats!

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One of those typical grainy photos that we can all relate to when we use our cell phones in a darkly lit room. Oh well, you still get the idea – this is me on any given night watching TV. Here I am covered in two cats – Harley on my chest and Zoey on my legs, with Jazz at my side and Zee at the top of my head!

I also see myself a lot in Tamar Arslanian’s “I Have Cat.” Yeah Tamar, so do I. Eight of them as a matter of fact! Caren Gittleman’s “Cat Chat with Caren and Cody,” Bernadette Kazmarski’s “The Creative Cat,” Ingrid King’s “The Conscious Cat,” and Layla Morgan Wilde’s “Cat Wisdom 101” also speak to me because the titles are very simple and easy to connect with – you know when you visit these blogs, one way or another it will be about cat related stuff!

Some of my other favorite named blogs are in the same boat as Zee & Zoey – I know them from reputation, but the titles don’t always suggest cats, such as “Our Life by Eric and Flynn” and typically blogs like this are found by reading other peoples comments – you see that they are very popular and go check out their sites to see who they are. Then they hook you in and you fall in love with them!

Then there are blogs like Debbie Glovatsy’s, “Glogirly,” whose title really throws you for a loop until you continue reading the tagline…”tails of two cats & their girl.” Oh, okay, this is definitely a blog about cats! Debbie is a marketing genius so I’m not really worried about title name recognition with her! Everyone knows who Katie and Waffles are in the kitty blogosphere!

After a while though, if you over think it, it just starts to get too complicated and crazy and you lose your personal element when you blog to cater to key words and optimization, which I just can’t do. I think making a slight change in my blog title might be a good idea and probably the easiest solution would be to change the name to something like “Zee and Zoey are Grumpy Cats” or “Zee, Zoey, and Simon the Cat” or “Zee and Zoey Play With Keyboard Cat.” I’m certain that would do the trick, although I might need a good copyright lawyer…

How about you – if you’re a blogger, how and why did you come up with the name of your blog? Or even more specifically, are you wrestling with the name of your blog like me after growing pains and thinking you need to change it? And for those of you cat lovers that don’t blog, out of curiosity, how did you find my blog without knowing it was about cats?

And as a reminder, don’t forget to nominate your favorite blogs for a Pettie and a chance for a rescue or shelter of your choice to win $10,000! Click here to nominate! www.zeezoey.com/blog

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Best Blog Post Suggestions:

https://zeezoey.com/blog/zee-zoeys-spayneuter-series-part-one-the-facts-of-life-the-101s-of-kittens-and-conception/
(The piece I did on kittens and conception for Spay/Neuter month)

https://zeezoey.com/blog/dear-editors-my-response-to-the-cats-killing-birds-study/
(My editorial response to the cats killing birds controversy)

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  1. Sue Brandes says:

    I don’t have my own blog but; sure do enjoy going on them. I found so many blogs through word of mouth either on blogs or FB. It is so wonderful to get to know different bloggers and their kitties.

  2. This is my second blog about my cats. The fist blog was named after my cat, Sweet Praline. When I lost her to cancer two years ago and knew I was getting two new kittens, I wanted to start a different blog that wouldn’t be directly related to a specific cat name. I wanted to honor Sweet Praline by naming the new kittens after French/New Orleans desserts and confections. When I saw pictures of Truffle and Brulee as babies, my thoughts were “they are just perfect – so with a play on words, the name “Sweet Purrfections” was born.

    • Deb says:

      Sweet Purrfections – such a lovely and fitting tribute to Sweet Praline – you still honor her memory, but give Truffle and Brulee the spotlight to be themselves!!

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  4. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, MOL. I like Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles. It would still tie in with the book and it would tell people what the blog is about. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be wildly successful without that. I am starting a new blog called Purr Therapy — so while it doesn’t have “cat” in the title, it should be fairly obvious to all but a few dimwits would I wouldn’t want reading it anyway. 🙂

  5. Andrea says:

    Yeah, I followed some other suggestions that you should use your own name for your blog. So, going just by the title you can’t possibly know that I blog about pets and other animals! My blog is heavy on cats though and once in awhile I bring up some other topics, like movie reviews 🙂

    I found your blog from blogrolls at other blogs – blog, blog, blog. What a word! Like you, I resisted the social media bug for a long time and still have trouble getting posts together. Now I read that to be a successful author you have to make videos that will go viral…………..ack! Where will it end? (Just kidding)

    Glad to have found your blog!

    • Deb says:

      Andrea – it is so wonderful to have you join my blog and I can empathize with what you are saying! Sometimes I just feel the whole world has gone mad with too much technology and I can’t keep up with it all!