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Date: 11/11/12 10:32 AM

When you named your blog did you take a look around on the net to see what was out there and perhaps what blog names were already taken? Did you take that into consideration when choosing a name and address for your blog and try not to pick something that was already being used by someone else? I did but now after about 2.5 years of not being fully on the ball IT wise ( had twins, difficult pregnancy etc etc) have come back to being able to blog more again to discover someone else is using the same blog name/title (but they have a different blogspot address because I created mine first). The person in question has many time more the followers than me (which is NOT why I set my blog up BTW) and truly i think their work is great and they are very talented but I am a bit miffed that they have used the same name as my blog. As far as you are concerned is there some kind of blogging ettiquette for this? Or should I get back in my box?
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Date: 11/11/12 12:47 PM

I get where you're coming from and I don't think the way you feel is silly. Is it in any way possible that the other person had no idea there was another blog with the same name? Maybe he/she didn't Google it first to make sure there wasn't already a blog with that title? I know sometimes I get what I think is a great idea, only to discover later on that I wasn't the first one to think of it.

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Date: 11/11/12 3:20 PM

If I were creating a personal sewing blog, not planning to have my own domain or sell anything, it wouldn't even occur to me to check whether someone else had a similar blog name as mine. There are a lot of sewing-related pun titled blogs out there, not to mention the usual suspects of sewing phrases. I understand why you're a bit taken aback, but there are a lot of bloggers out there and only so many common things to name your sewing blog.
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Date: 11/11/12 3:56 PM

I would guess this is a popular phrase. A quick Google search shows many links to pages including the words "sewing" and "sanity." If it's any consolation, your blog came up first when I searched.

If it were me, I wouldn't take it personally.

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Date: 11/12/12 0:41 AM

Thanks everyone! I must say my original post was written late at night after cleaning up kid vomit (sick toddler twins) so probably sounds more angsty than I meant it to! It hadn't really occurred to me that people wouldn't see what other blogs are out there before choosing a blog name, as I took a few days agonising over mine. That said I did set up the blog pre-kids so did have a lot more time to think about these things! Also there weren't quite as many blogs back then so picking something unique wasn't as much an issue.
I'm just going to choose that this wasn't intentional and move on.
Onwards and upwards...
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Date: 11/12/12 10:56 AM

I agree with Laura that a sewing related play on words might occur to more than one person naming a blog and few of us are going to do an exhaustive search to make sure that NO ONE ELSE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD has thought of the same thing.

I didn't really do a thorough search of my blog name other than I googled it and didn't see anything pop up on the first page of results so I considered that "good enough". I don't think there is any etiquette that requires us to leave no stone unturned in making sure our blog name is absolutely original. The most I would expect is that someone doesn't blatantly rip off your name, theme, content and style.

Obviously there are different rules when a trademark or copyrighted name is being used in a business, but that probably wouldn't apply to a hobby related blog that exists for informational or social purposes rather than a business or livelihood.

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Date: 11/12/12 11:57 PM

Lisalu I did the same as you - I just googled the name I was thinking of and saw if any blogs came up already with that name (I wouldn't have gone past the first page most times either). Also when setting up on blogger it would tell me if certain names were already taken though them and as I wanted my name and blog address to match this factored into what I ended up chosing. So I guess what I meant was if you did that and saw that someone already was using that name as a blog title would/did you still go ahead with using it for yours without altering it in any way? That's what I was asking about when referring to "etiquette" (which probably was too strong a word to use but was the best I could come up with at the time).
Sorry I didn't mean to offend anyone or get anyone's back up or to suggest that ideas would not occur to more than one person worldwide and I apologise if that's the way it has come across
I posted my question on here as I know heaps of sewers who use this site also have sewing blogs so I thought it would be a good place to ask.

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Date: 11/15/12 6:30 PM

Hi. This is an interesting series of posts. Personally, I would think it poor behavior if someone knew of your blog, and then went ahead and used the exact same name. Even if she had had the same creative thought, once she sees the name is already being used, she should alter her blog name at least minimally.

I think, however, that most of the responses posted here were trying to say that it's probable that the person did not see your blog first. I have to admit that I don't think I would have thought to do a name search if I were creating a blog. (Now that you mention it, it seems an obvious thing to do, but it didn't seem obvious to me before reading your post!)

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Date: 11/15/12 6:40 PM

Quote: Sewingforsanity
I just googled the name I was thinking of and saw if any blogs came up already with that name

I wouldn't assume everyone does that though.

I have to admit to being disappointed that a name I was using in an online journal (for 7 years) was taken by someone on blogspot only days before I thought to cross-post to both.

I didn't google it to see if it was already used elsewhere, I just tried to use it That makes me sad, but it's what happens when there's only so many relevant names and many more people that might want to use them. BTW they've never made a single entry

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Date: 11/15/12 7:53 PM

Quote: Lalena
Hi. This is an interesting series of posts. Personally, I would think it poor behavior if someone knew of your blog, and then went ahead and used the exact same name. Even if she had had the same creative thought, once she sees the name is already being used, she should alter her blog name at least minimally.



I think, however, that most of the responses posted here were trying to say that it's probable that the person did not see your blog first. I have to admit that I don't think I would have thought to do a name search if I were creating a blog. (Now that you mention it, it seems an obvious thing to do, but it didn't seem obvious to me before reading your post!)

I agree. She probably didn't know, and I didn't know either!

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