Previous related post: http://jennifer-theansweris.blogspot.com/2012/03/potential-business.html
I suppose a business ought to have a name.
I am serious about names. Very serious. I still regret that my fish when I was younger had very obvious names. The goldfish was Goldie. The silver goldfish was Silvie. My first betta was blue and I called him “Blue.” They deserved better.
I can hear you snoring.
Since then, I’ve gotten more creative and a little neurotic about naming my pets and things. I get a lot of compliments regarding my cat’s name, Megamouth. “Mega” for short. You can read the meaning behind naming her here.
So naming a potential business… *sigh. I’ll be putting my business out there for people to be able to criticize what I do. I don't know why criticism should be scary for me; I endured a few years of architecture studio crits at "First College." Crits made people cry and sweat and quit. Not me.
Do I put my own name in it somewhere? Do I try to name it from something that inspires the designs?
I put the question to my Facebook friends:
I liked the idea of using “grace” or “gracious,” yet how…? I have a difficulty in being too specific with what I do because I have a wide range of interests, so “jewelry” might be too specific. I had made drawstring bags a few years ago that my friends enjoyed, so it would sound strange to me to sell bags from a business with the word “jewelry” in the name. “Gems” would be better. I enjoy punny names but what I would be doing doesn't seem to fit with having such a name.
After asking the question and getting the feedback, I then wondered if I would be offending some people if I don’t use their suggestions. I’ve said before: I think too much.
I was afraid to put my own idea out there, which is to name it after my grandmother who bought me my first expensive beads [which I explained in the previous business post, linked at the beginning].
Would I be doing something for which Grandma would be proud? What if I fail?
After all that, I have decided. Indecision drives me crazy when others do it and even more so when I do it myself. So, … now I don’t know if I should put the name out there- what if someone reads this and then takes the name before my business is ready for becoming official?
Right, as if a lot of people read this journal. As if a lot of spiteful people would read this.
Anyways, I have decided, I think, to call it…
…after both of my grandmothers. My other grandmother died when I was barely 2 years old and yet I sense that I was a lot like her, like I have inherited some of her spirit- I don't know that for sure.
Now that the name has been decided, barring any circumstances preventing it, I am onto designing a logo for it. I will write about that another time.
Any thoughts on this so far?
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