I didn’t discover this word on my own. I happen to be the proud owner of a One-New-Word-A-Day desk calendar. The word for Monday, January 18, 2010?

perspicuous (adj): plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation.

Ha! Wouldn’t that be a delightful (AND TOTALLY MISLEADING!) name for my blog! Perspicuous. I sometimes see these sweet little blog names in my Google Reader–Baby Bangs, The Simple Wife, Bears and Belles, Raising Rascals, Snoodlings, Jewels In My Crown… Someday, Blessed Treehouse, Breathing His Joy, BooMama, Big Mama, On the Path, 1PhotoPerDay, My Heart’s Wellspring, Musings from Mommyland, Chatting at the Sky, SortaCrunchy, Finding Him Bigger–and wish I had a cutesy blog name. (And oh my word, if I left you out, it’s only because all the link-making IS KILLING ME and I had to stop, not because I don’t love you. Seriously, I want to bang my head against the wall now.)

Perspicuous. Simple to understand because I did such a clear and lovely job of crystallizing my thoughts into word form. Writing in a way that is not random and/or confusing and/or blabberly. Mmmm…

Feel free to start referring to my blog as Perspicuous. You know you want to. “So, I was reading over at Perspicuous the other day that…” Nice, huh?

And now a question or four for you. I’m intrigued.

1. If you have a blog and love its name, please share with the class a.) your blog name and b.) why you picked it/love it.

2. If you don’t like your blog name, what would you change it to if you could?

3. If you don’t have a blog but decided to get one someday, what would you name it?


4. If you like to read blogs but have no plans to have one yourself ever never, what is the neatest blog name you’ve ever heard?

Have a positively delightful week!

p.s. Thank you SO much for your sweet, encouraging, prayerful comments on yesterday’s pour-out-my-heart post. I kept today’s post light on purpose while I sort out some stuff. But I can feel God molding and squeezing, and I’m so thankful.

28 thoughts on “(un)perspicuous

  1. Gretchen

    Hmm…a few years back, I was “Quantum Leap”. So named after the show (which I used to lurve), and after my conversational style. My husband would tell me that I made quantum leaps from here to there…Then, I wrote under the name “Good Enough for Now.” I probably would’ve stayed under that blog, but my son broke in and read all my posts (some very personal), and so I deleted that blog and started Jewels in My Crown Someday. Guess I like that one the best, anyway. Third time’s the charm.

  2. Cheryl@2911promise

    When I started my blog, I knew I wanted to incorporate my life verse which is Jeremiah 29:11. But when I began thinking up names, “a hope and a future” etc., they were all taken. So I began brainstorming (do your girls watch Imagination Movers? sorry, easily distracted!) and I came up with the 2911 Promise.

    ssshhhh….don’t tell anyone, I’m substitute teaching and during my break I love to read some blogs but since the school has blocked anything with ‘blogspot’ in the address, I <3 blogs that are dot coms!!!

  3. Lindsey

    Hmm…I do have a blog. I don’t really know if I LOVE it’s name, but it’s the best thing I could think of. I didn’t want to use my own name in the title..and I don’t have kids. So, I just decided to go with my age range.

    The blog is http://www.thirtycanwait.blogspot.com and the tagline is Thoughts from a Twenty-Something.

    What I want more than anything is just a little update on the blog design…hope that comes one day in the next few months!

  4. Donita

    Mine is Treasures In Terra Cotta
    Because I beat my head against the creative wall and finally asked God and he gave me this!
    Terra Cotta is appropriate for this Arizona-girl
    God is constantly reminding me that me made me exactly the way he wants me…on purpose! A treasure. A Jar of Clay.
    (Can I really consider myself a blogger if I only make a post a couple times a month!?!)

  5. meghan @ spicy magnolia

    My blog name is Spicy Magnolia…the title being one of the hardest things about the blog to decide on, and actually my hubby came up with it. He knew my flare for spiciness (food and personality) and my love for magnolias (some for sentimental reasons and because of my southern belle-ness). 🙂

    This was a fun post!

  6. Joy in the Journey

    My blog originally started out as Joy’s Little Soapbox, but I quickly decided that ranting about my pet peeves was NOT the direction I wanted to go in. God began molding me and reshaping the pridefully-warped heart inside, and my spiritual journey took a turn into an extended period of struggle. So my blog became “Joy in the Journey” with the intentional double-entendre of my name and my search to find joy no matter how difficult or painful the journey got. It isn’t really cutesy, but that is what I write and where God has me.

    I love your scrabble pieces and notebook look. All you need now is a purple pen!

  7. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the link! My blog name is a work in progress, just like me. The actual name comes from my favorite C.S. Lewis quote, “Every day you grow you will find me bigger.” And that’s true-God is so big, and I am learning how big in new ways every single day. I feel like I haven’t developed the title well, but I will eventually. The computer is not my friend lately!

    I’d read your blog no matter what you call it!

  8. Angie

    My blog’s named Surrounded by Testosterone. I am a married mom of three boys and one male dog, so there is no other estrogen in my household. When I started my blog, I was so excited that I came up with this. I’m not one of the most creative people out there, but I thought it was fun!

  9. Kelly

    I actually knew the word “perspicuous” before (but am still not positive of how to pronounce it), and I actually knew it because of a theology class I took in college. 🙂

    One of the characteristics of the Bible that I learned in the class is that in addition to being inerrant, effective, and inspired by God, Scripture is also “perspicuous!” Kind of an ironic way (since the word itself seems so complicated) to say that the Bible is clear and meant to be understood.

    Even though we may be confused by it, the Bible is not meant to be mysterious, nor does it have some hidden meaning (I’m thinking of that book The Bible Code that came out a number of years ago).

    Just something to think about…

    …and for what it’s worth, although I rarely leave a comment here, I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate that your mind jumps around as much as mine does! 🙂

  10. Tess

    Hi Marla,

    I’ve been super inspired to write after meeting you and beginning to read your books. I’m a business writer and sometimes I feel that my creativity gets stifled because of the nature of my work (e.g., I only know how to write one way now). 🙂 I’ve really been itching to do some creative publications and decided a blog would be a good place to start. I have one – tessskitchen.com << so not creative. I'm going to be starting another related to taking down those pregnancy pounds! 🙂 I'm going to start thinking of names now!

  11. Lisa@fulfillingmypurpose

    I love my blog name not because it’s clever but because it reveals my heart and passion: my commitment to fulfill the purpose that God has placed on my life. It took me 33 years to figure out why God put me on earth, and I don’t want to neglect that purpose.

  12. Gaylene

    I am new to blogging but my blog is Pressing On as that is the statement of my life: not there yet but pressing on.

    Love your sight and had to add the word to my studies (learning “new, scholarly” words as I work on my doctorate.


  13. Mindy May

    I love my blog name. It is The Mom in Little Man’s World. I have always called Jacob little man since the day he was born. I know it isn’t very creative. But most of the time I feel like it is Jacob’s world and I am just supervising it.

  14. Denise

    I love my blog name (which you showed in that link list – thank you!) I actually considered at one point changing it to Northern Lights or Tales from the North, but I am pretty content with it now.

    Part of me is considering doing a cooking blog not sure what I would name it…maybe Northern Lights Cafe? Not sure.

    I am all for cutesy and such, but I happen to love your blog Marla Taviano – christian author and speaker! Because I agree with ali – I can’t pronounce that P word 🙂

  15. Colleen

    I started blogging…ummm…I don’t remember…I just started copying from you:) I’m not sure I LOVE my blog name, but it’s what I’ve got for now…and it’s true! I love reading your blog! I need to keep up better…gotta start following your example again!!1

  16. Kay

    My blog name is Off the Beaten Path because I am simply writing from the path in life that God has taken me on. As a woman following Jesus I realize more and more every day how the path He is leading me on is certainly not the one most of the world is on. Sometimes being on Jesus’ path and off the beaten path traveled by most of humanity is a little daunting. I kind of think us believing women need to stick together and inspire one another to stick to that narrow path.
    All that makes it sound like my blog is extremely spiritual and profound. Not so. I have very few profound thoughts at 6:00 in the morning when I blog!
    But I also chose the name because I do like to hike and backpack and so I talk about that some too.

  17. Marla Taviano

    You girls are a hoot.

    And MEGAN, I will remind you ONCE AGAIN that I have NO idea how “Christian Author and Speaker” got tagged on to the end of my name. Either my web designer (GT) did it, or it was a cruel joke played on me by the internet.

  18. Tiffani

    That was THE hardest thing about starting a blog in my opinion. PLUS, I had no idea at the time that the web address for your blog could be different from the actual name…so EVERYTHING I was coming up with was “taken” but I could’ve just changed the site name and not used the blog name there…I really wanted to be “Tiffani and Company” but now I can’t imagine not being Bears and Belles!

    Both stemming from nicknames of my kids “Connor Bear” and “Jula Belle” (a little friend of ours couldn’t say “Julia” and it came out “Jula” and it stuck!)

    Perspicuous Ponderings 😉 See, you’d make the Baptist preaching circles smile with the double “P” there…such an affinity for the alliteration and all…but it could work! 😉

  19. amber

    I raise 3 rascally rascals. And whenever I say that I always want to bust out Elmer Fudd and add in “wascally wabbits.” But I don’t raise rabbits. I actually had a rabbit once, but he almost dismembered me…so we gave him away. Stat. But I digress.

    So “Raising Rascals” it was. And the handy subtitle of “Searching for Sanity In My Boy Crazy World”…well…that’s just how I roll. Every.Live.Long.Day.

    “Perspicuous.” That is a bundle of fun right there.

    (P.S. Still lifting you up to our Jesus today.)

  20. Bethy

    I’ll answer #4: I like the blog name “Like a Warm Cup of Coffee” . The subtitle is, “a place to curl up and begin your day”. Definitely cozy, cute, and draws me in.

  21. whimzie

    My blog’s name is Snoodlings. Although Snoodlings sounds like a tasty treat made of noodles, it is actually a made-up word to describe the thoughts of a Snoodle. I’m a Snoodle; at least, I identify with the Snoodle in the Veggie Tales’ show, A Snoodle’s Tale. God used that little animated story to change my heart and help me see myself the way He sees me. I wrote a series of posts (I’m a little wordy) about the experience and linked to them in the “About” section of my blog but I don’t know how to link in the comments.

    I always enjoy my visits here at Perspicuous. You’re an excellent hostess, Marla! 🙂

  22. Krista

    my friend from college has “Not Raising Brats”, where she (who is a journalist) and her friend (also a j-girl) blog about raising their kids (ideally not as brats). It is hilarious. They both write so well, it is fun to be updated on the kids “peanut”, “the boy” and “the lad”.
    I have been told I should blog, but I feel like it’s an audition. I want to give 100% on each entry, but if I’m having a blah day or a blank canvas kind of day, do people get upset?

  23. joyce

    My blog is ‘from this side of the pond’…I started the blog one year ago this month when we were still living in England. As we were transitioning back I wrote a little post debating about changing the name once we were here but decided no…I felt like it might be confusing and so I left it. And now this side of the pond is America….I love words too…I managed to use the word folderol on my blog last week and that made me smile.

  24. monica hartz

    Our name for our family blog is ‘the heart of hartz’. The two words sound similar. And because we post pictures and share stories, those things are the ‘heart’ of our family…

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