Here's the post I did last year explaining where the name came from with some pretty photos from my visit there.
Anyway, I thought it would make a wonderful name for a homewares business, retail shop, decorating service or something like that. So when it came time to name my blog and I knew that it was going to focus on classic American style/design/decorating, considering that aesthetic was the inspiration for our house renovation, it seemed a natural choice.
I love the name because:
- it's pretty, feminine and unique with a lyrical sound to it
- it eludes to the Hamptons without being obvious and it's a beautiful part of the world with the most spectacular houses - it's my inspiration for this blog
- it's not my name, so should it ever became a business I wanted to sell it wasn't tied to me
- anybody who was a true East Coast devotee would know what it meant!
- my sister said she'd use it if I didn't
- I just like it!
My husband on the other hand thought it was awful. He thought I should have a name that included the word "Hamptons" but I said I didn't want to be restricted to the Hamptons as a style or look, particularly as it's such a fad at the moment, it's a term I hate because it's so loosely and inappropriately used here, and it is only one of many classic American decorating styles I like.
He said that nobody would be able to pronounce it, or know it referenced the east coast because nobody had ever heard of the place, unless you lived there.
He thought the name should make it clear what the blog was about. Finally he said it sounded like a person's name so that people would think it was my name and call me Georgica.
I scoffed at that suggestion and all his comments and went ahead anyway, just because I liked it.
Well, if I had a dollar for the number of times people have called me Georgica! Not just Georgica but Georgeeca, Georgia and Georgina. It drives me completely nuts. And this happens even when I sign my name Melinda at the bottom of the email or text or comment, and repeatedly point out that it's not my name. I've even been called Georgica by people who I have corresponded with for months as Melinda, but for some reason there is some major confusion that happens between me, my blog, my FB page and so on.
I have been operating a small business GEORGICA POND INTERIORS, for the past year supplying fabric and furnishings to a small group of family, friends, friends of friends and referrals. I haven't advertised this fact because I haven't been in a position to expand it beyond what I could manage. But this is something I now want to expand and offer online to my blog readership. And for the past year, many people I deal with ie wholesalers, fabric suppliers etc, call me Georgica too. It's got to the point I am having an identity crisis and I'm sick of correcting them.
But I have an online store in the development stages, and some day maybe a bricks and mortar one. I am looking at including advertising and sponsorships on my blog, and have had a lot of interest from companies and PRs. I also want to redesign my blog and convert to Wordpress and a dot com, but before I can do all that I figure I need to decide once and for all about the name.
The images I have included in this post are some of my favourites from my PINTEREST boards and I hope epitomise the style and look of my blog and thus the name.
So please help me. Do you like the name GEORGICA POND? Do you hate it? Is it too random? Is it confusing? Should I change it? Or is it too late? What should I change it to?