Happy Blogday! Help Me Rename This Site

By Elizabeth Preston | May 9, 2013 2:34 pm

Inkfish is three years old today!

One great thing about blogs that doesn’t apply to real three-year-olds is that you can change their name and appearance at will. I’m getting tired of “Inkfish”—too mysterious, too many creepy arms. Too much guilt about mistakenly calling octopus arms “tentacles” on occasion.

So I’d like to give the blog a new name and a new look. Below are several directions I’m considering. I hope that you, readers, will weigh in.


Welcome! You Probably Got Here by Googling Your Juice Cleanse Symptoms
Tagline: Or Searching for Ionic Foot Detox Reviews
Alternate tagline: I Write About Other Stuff Too. Check It Out When You’re Less Hazy
Banner art: a weeping woman with her feet in a small tub of brown water. Foregrounded, a glass of kale juice with a party umbrella.
Inspiration: juice cleanses, foot detox, everything else.

Why I Couldn’t Hang Out Last Night
Banner art: a blogger on a couch in a dark room, gently lit by the glow of the laptop screen.
Inspiration: purely fictional.

Every Study About Penguins
Banner art: penguins.
Alternate art: not penguins. Irony could increase my readership among hipsters.
Inspiration: penguins, penguins, penguins, penguins, penguins.

The Loom
Banner art: portrait of Carl Zimmer.
Inspiration: trying to lure Bing users who are searching for Carl Zimmer’s blog, The Loom.
Potential complication: lawsuit.

Animals with Things on Their Heads
Banner art would be a rotating selection of photos: crabs wearing GPS devices, pigeons carrying cameras, penguins with earmuffs, and this seal.

Inspiration: animal stalkingpigeons.

Girl That Poops Flowers
Alternate title: Most Inconvenient Moments to Have Narcolepsy
Banner art: a mouse that’s quiet—too quiet.
Inspiration: unusual internet searches addressed at the help desk.

Adventures in Bodily Fluids: An Ongoing Quest to Make My Grandmother Admit She Doesn’t Love Everything I Write
Banner art: the empty vanilla ice cream bowl I considered using to illustrate a story about sperm-eating flies.
Inspiration: see above.


Please leave your votes in the comments (or just say hello). Thanks for your help, and thanks as always for reading!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: aging, inkfish


Like the wily and many-armed cephalopod, Inkfish reaches into the far corners of science news and brings you back surprises (and the occasional sea creature). The ink is virtual but the research is real.

About Elizabeth Preston

Elizabeth Preston is a science writer whose articles have appeared in publications including Slate, Nautilus, and National Geographic. She's also the former editor of the children's science magazine Muse, where she still writes in the voice of a know-it-all bovine. She lives in Massachusetts. Read more and see her other writing here.


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