This is one of those times I directly solicit the feedback of you dear readers when I make an globally-insignificant yet important-for-me choice.
For a long time, this site has always been “Greatplay.net”, located at… no surprise… www.greatplay.net. As I say in my about section:
Much to my occasional frustration, the name of this blog is “Greatplay.net”. The biggest pro and biggest con to this name are the same — it doesn’t really mean anything. It was chosen way back in 2003, actually (I was 12 at the time), and it was intentionally designed to be (1) short, (2) pronounceable, (3) communicable without any risk of the other person misspelling it, and (4) not communicate any information about what the site would be about, so I could mold the site as I grew.
I’ve heard some people that discovered my site much later than they otherwise would because the name of the site didn’t communicate what it was about well and sounded unprofessional. At least one person suggested I move my blog over to peterhurford.com. Also, I think it’s very likely I’ll want to blog about utilitarianism, philanthropy, ethics, philosophy, atheism, and myself, and very little else for a really long time, so I could try a name that communicates that kind of topic.
Other people have been in trouble for blogging under their real names. For example, when “Scott Alexander” created his new blog, I have no idea if I’d be one of those people. As he says, “I am going by Scott S Alexander, which is almost but not quite my real name. If you know my real name, please don’t use it on here. After years of trying the opposite policy, I’m switching to acting all clever and not having every detail of my life accessible to anyone who tries to search for me on the Internet.”
So, basically, there are three choices:
1.) Keep Greatplay.net and blaze on!
2.) Switch to PeterHurford.com, but keep everything else the same!
3.) Switch, but come up with a different name.
For #3, I’m considering “A Shallow Pond”, “The Everyday Utilitarian”, “Everyday Utilitarianism”, “Commonsense Utilitarianism”, “A Utiful Mind”, and “A Utilful World”.
Please help me solve this existential crisis in the comments.
(Updated 22 Apr with new name options.)