How I Came Up With My Domain Name:

The Step-by-Step Process

Hello, and welcome to my Dotcom child, Exceptionally-Ordinary! I am Jess, blogger and creator of this new adventure. If you are even a bit curious about how and why I picked the name (domain), keep on reading 😉


The How

My brainstorming process for the right domain or blog name was a very long and slow one. I had about 30-40 combinations of words that I had started gathering many months ago. I liked them all, which made it painfully hard to decide.

This was no big surprise for me. I have the hardest time picking a restaurant or what to eat from the menu, so why would choosing my domain name be any different? 😉

It’s not that I’m not decisive, really. But when the options are literally endless, sometimes I just want to grab them all and make a run for it. Sounds familiar? No? Okay, maybe it’s just me 🙂

The process

I’ll call this process my Domain Pensieve. If you are at all familiar with the Harry Potter world, you’ll know that the beloved character Albus Dumbledore uses a rune-covered basin to “dump” all his memories, and sometimes even other people’s memories, to either go back to it later on and study said memory and connect the elusive dots to solve or understand something, or simply to un-clutter his mind, when he had accumulated too much stuff. Genius, right? (Thanks, J.K. Rowling!)

Anyway, my Domain Pensieve consisted of a virtual sticky note that I could summon at any time on my laptop to add yet another item. Unfortunately, the more phrases or words I added, the harder it became to choose, because I truly loved them all! Oh, decisions, decisions…

What next?

To start, I printed out three copies of the list and gave a copy to my husband and one to each of my teenage kids. I did not ask Little E for help, because I was afraid she would make it even more complicated (she is 7). Good thing too, because my husband and teens made it complicated enough ha ha

See, I did not tell them beforehand what those phrases meant. Or what was the purpose of the list. I had barely talked about blogging, mainly because I’m usually private about my projects, But also because I wanted their most honest opinions. So there they were, with a two page long list each, and with no clue as to what to do. I only told them to read them and make a note next to them if they:

  • Didn’t understand the phrase
  • Loved it
  • Hated it
  • Wanted to give me some extra feedback

It worked out alright. For the most part. My husband was pretty confused at first so I had to tell him to just read the phrases and not try to apply them to anybody or anything in particular. The teens took to it right away, though and made tons of comments next to them, “cheesy”, “weird”, “love it”, “super-cheesy”, “this is awesome”, “WTH”, among others.

This part of the process was the most fun for me! It was a tad hard at first, but only because as I said before, I tend to keep plans and projects to myself. But this was my family after all, who would, in some way or another be impacted by my blogging. And also, who (I hope) would be the most honest with me.

The final decision

After scraping the lame, the cheesy and the confusing, I proceeded to check which ones where available. This was less fun. The ones I liked the most where taken on the .com option and I really wanted to stick to that. I know other options like .net, .us, and so on are OK to use, but I really felt like I needed to stick to the more commonly used, to ensure that I got “dibs” when someone did a search. Makes sense?

In order to do this though, I had to make a tiny change to my preferred domain name, hence the {-} between Exceptionally-Ordinary. It was a tiny compromise and while I would’ve preferred not to have to do it, I’m very happy with it now.

The Why

First, I must say that I heard the phrase from a beloved character of a movie that is based on one of my favorite books. Somehow, it got stuck in my head and started making all sorts of sense; how the most ordinary things or people could also be exceptional in their own particular way. Keep in mind, the character is extremely quirky, but also smart and fun, traits that tend to draw me in.

The phrase itself appealed to me greatly.

I lead a very simple life. No major drama, very few close friends, no scandals, enemies (that I know of) and no fancy trips or luxurious home or cars. And I like it. A heck of a lot. It might seem like a dull, boring life to many, but to me, it’s perfect. Not that my life IS literally perfect, but it is exactly like I want it. By all means, call me lame 😀

On the other hand, I find that my days are mostly unique. There’s always something to do, somewhere to go and things to enjoy, or get mad about or maybe even shed a few tears (thankfully, not often, and mostly because a favorite character on a book or movie died 🙁 ). I have a ton of things to do, projects to complete and obligations, that can be incredibly overwhelming but that make my life mine. And that, in itself, makes is exceptional.

After all, there’s only one of me (thank God!), and only I get to share my life with my amazing husband and our Three Things. And only I get to experience my moments and see thru these eyes and to me. Isn’t that all sorts of unique? For me, it is.

It singles me out from others. Just like everybody else’s moments and experiences make them who they are, warts and all. It means that not one single person or life is the same as another and they are all beautiful, fun, sad, crazy and everything else in between. And for too many reasons to count, I absolutely love that idea!

So that’s it. That’s the how and why behind this blog’s name. I feel it describes how I feel about my life and how I hope I can make others feel about their own lives thru my blog posts, tips, ideas, and more.

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