What's in a name?
This is the question that has been haunting me for years as I've been trying to figure out what to call this blog I've been ideating forever. (Yes, I said ideating. I'm not even sure that's a real word.) Say what you want, but names are important. Maybe it's because I'm a marketing nerd and I think in terms of branding, but I love it when a name represents the essence and personality of a brand, whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or even a blog.
Think about it. It makes sense.
So that's why it's taken me five years and "trying on" about 15 different blog titles to come up with something that fits. Something like....Wampus Kitty.
Wampus Kitty is actually a nickname given to me by my little brother several years ago. Very spur of the moment, very impromptu. Well, it seemed like it, when he threw that out in the middle of a family discussion about my "ahem" so-called temper. My family was slightly teasing (making fun?) about my tempermental ways. And he just blurted it out.
I was immediately offended yet proud. I mean, it sounds bitchy. And that was offensive. But on the other hand, it sounds bitchy. And I liked it.
Don't get me wrong. I don't take pride in being a bitch, per say. Because who really likes being bitchy? I don't. But it's a hat I wear on occasion. Okay, maybe more often if necessary. But other than that, I'm super nice. Just don't push me.
So there I had it. A great blog name. Catchy, unique, and pretty descriptive. But does anyone really know the meaning of Wampus Kitty? I googled it, just to see what came up. Because you know, Google has all the answers.
I have a motto. It goes like this. "If in doubt, Google it." Yeah I'm a genius. That's why I get paid the big bucks. (Oh wait. I don't. I used to to get paid big bucks. But now my career is a complete and utter freaking mess.) I digress. That's a whole other story that shall be blogged later.
So, I google it, and get this on Wikipedia:
"Wampus Cat is often compared to the Ewah of Cherokee mythology, in that it was a woman who disguised herself in the skin of a cougar to spy on the men of the tribe, as they sat around the campfire and told sacred son a hunting trip."
Hmmmm, kind of like how in real life I like to sneak a peek at my husband's text messages and position myself discreetly behind corners to hear what he is saying when he is on the phone? (In my cougar costume, of course. I'm a great spy.)
"When the woman was discovered, the tribe's medicine man punished her by transforming her into a half-woman, half-cat, who supposedly still haunts the forests of East Tennessee. In folklore, it can be seen as one of a number of fearsome critters."
Um. Duh. I'm fierce.
"In some sections of rural East Tennessee, the legend of the Wampus Cat takes on a more sinister tone. It is said that the Wampus Cat is a spirit of death and the earth, and when her cry is heard, it means someone is going to die and be buried within the next three days."
Just ask my family. They get all sorts of paranoid when I'm pissed.
"One variety of Wampus Cat, kept alive by experts in North Carolina folklore, has been described as "a big black cat with a red behind."
Well, I'm not sure I would call it red.
"Another such Wampus Cat legend tells of a "large, lazy cat that is quick to rile", that stalks the barns and fields of Pinetown, North Carolina."
Hmmm. A large, lazy cat that is quick to rile. (Nodding my head.)
And it was done. I finished reading the Wiki definition of Wampus Cat, and a blog was born. I hope you like it.