Some of you know that I’ve been trying to find a new name for this blog since discovering that there is another word press blog with a very similar name. There’s nothing unethical about the similarity, of course, and I have considered just leaving well enough alone, especially after this exchange with my mom:
Mom: Have you found a new name for your blog yet?
Me: No, I’ve come up with up with lots of ideas but every idea I’ve had is already taken. It’s very hard to be original.
Me: Well, you know, I read that there are over 120 million blogs.
Mom: Oh. Then maybe you should stop trying to be original.
It seemed a sort of bluntly insightful comment, really. In a world of (at least) 126 million blogs, who am I kidding to think I can be original about anything? Maybe it’s not worth fretting over.
That said, I came up with a title the other day. And I like it. And it’s shorter than the current name, which is apparently a good thing in blogdom. If you know of another blog with a very similar name, just do me a favor and don’t tell me.
So in short order I will be blogging at Strange Figures. I’ve run the title by my focus group (well, okay, just Baph) and it has been found acceptable. Why Strange Figures? Well, it does hint at the same mood as onlyslightlyunhinged, and it also evokes a little Flannery-esque sense of the grotesque. And you know how I enjoy the grotesque (in the literary sense). But here’s the real reason: I love the Marx Brothers, and “Strange Figures” is from a bit in “Animal Crackers”, which I post below. The exact line is at 4:08.:
That’s it. No deeper meaning. I wear myself out sometimes, trying to find deep meaning in everything. Perhaps it’s okay to name my blog after a movie line that makes me laugh.
I will be switching all of the posts over to the new address/title soon, but I want to do it under the supervision of Mr. Right or Baph, so that I don’t accidentally delete everything I’ve done here. I’ll keep you updated.