Friday, February 12, 2010

What’s In A Name

Page Turners wrote about this meme and said, “actually saw this on someone’s blog (sorry, can't remember which one!) and thought that it was a really interesting question and I would love to hear how other people named their blog.” How did you decide what name to give your blog? Did you give it a lot of thought or did it just come to you?

Caroline is my given name, although I go by Carin. It’s a little off-topic but people often ask me how I got Carin from Caroline, and I actually got it from the book Tough-Luck Karen by Johanna Hurwitz. I am not and never have been a bookbinder.

Nearly ten years ago I was on vacation with my family, and my mother noticed I was reading Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk. This inspired her to tell me a story from when she was a teenager, when Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar was a bestseller. Her older brothers were big Mad Magazine fans, and there was a cartoon that struck home with the whole family. A cartoon boy asked his mother if he could do something and he said everyone was doing it. The mother said, “Oh yeah? Name one.” He says, “Would you believe, Caroline Bookbinder?” (a play on the name Marjorie Morningstar.) For years when any kid in her family tried this argument on my grandparents, Caroline Bookbinder was brought out. My mother, being a bit of a bookworm, as well as an aficionado of the name Caroline, remembered this and brought it up 40 years later. I never heard it again and when I was looking for a blog name that was unique and somehow was related to me and to books, it took a while, but I did eventually remember this funny name. I googled it, looking for the original cartoon but alas, google let me down. But it did let me know that the name “Caroline Bookbinder” was pretty unique in the interwebs so it was a safe bet to use for my blog.


A Joyful Chaos said...

I was trying to think of a way to describe my life and it just came to me. Thus the name of my blog. A Joyful Chaos

Booksnyc said...

great story! I love how you got the name for your blog!