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The Story Behind "The Ponytail Diaries" {the ponytail diaries}

I have a confession to make.

I’m horrible at coming up with titles and names for stuff.

In school, I’d write this brilliant essay and title it something horrible lame like “Analysis of the Mississippi in Huckleberry Finn.”

(My best attempt, that I can remember, was my Chaucer seminar paper titled “Why Did All the Convicts Die?” That was also my best academic paper, ever.)

I have a folder called “Fiction” on my desktop with files titled “WIP [date].”

At a former job, we used to have “department contests” to name new development projects. I was the writer in the department and my names never, ever got picked.

Second confession.

I had another blog before this one. It was awful. It lasted for a little over a year (which is pretty amazing) from 2009-2010. It was called “life: unqualified.” I was 23 when I started it, feeling kinda lost and confused about what I’d do with my life, not to mentioned stressed beyond hell at the thought of fixing up my resume and writing cover letters and filling out applications for big girl jobs. (With my English degree.) So I thought I’d blog about, you know, what it was like to feel “unqualified” to be a grown-up.

(Oh hey, not much has changed…)

Even though I wish I had started and stuck with blogging years ago, instead of starting from scratch now, I’m so glad I didn’t force myself into that “niche,” if you can call it that. Because of that, though, I knew that for this blog, I wanted something more general, that would allow me to explore a bunch of different topics and change my focus over time.

So I stalled for months because I had no idea what I’d call it.

One day, I think I was driving home from work, I somehow, out of nowhere, randomly thought of “The Ponytail Diaries.”

That’s it, I decided. With my track record at names and titles, I wasn’t going to overthink it anymore than that. Simple, I figured — I spend most of my life with my hair in a ponytail. Even on days when I blow-dry and brush my hair out for work, by lunchtime I’d usually still pull it back in a messy pony (not sexy messy like you see in magazines, though, just messy) to get it out of my face. And I pull it back pretty much whenever I’m home, or working out, or driving with the windows down.Β And “diaries”? Well…it just seemed to fit.

  • i love it! I also love how things just come to you sometimes like that. There doesn’t have to be a fancy story to it – just about how awesome your brain is at coming up with things without even trying πŸ˜‰ Maybe thats the trick haha love the blog. stopping by from The Circle link up

    • Thanks Finley! I totally agree – keeping it simple is often best. πŸ™‚

  • I love the name! it’s such a fun + unique one! my hair usually ends up in a braid of some sort by the end of the day, no matter how much time I spent on trying to make it straight + lay down. so I totally feel ya.

    • Thanks! I got my hair cut last week and told the stylist it has to be “wash & go” and she was still asking “so, do you usually straighten it?” and I was like “no, I just pull it back with a hair tie.” They never seem to understand that I never spend more than 5 minutes on my hair.

  • Funny you just posted this, because I just changed my blog name a couple days ago! I’m THE WORST at coming up with names and titles and things like that too. I’m still getting used to the new name but honestly, I think this is as good as it’s going to get, haha.
    Btw I could totally write a blog called Life:Unqualified πŸ˜‰

    • I love your new blog name! And you’re welcome to life: unqualified if you want to try something else πŸ™‚

  • I rock the messy too (not messy sexy). High five! I think blog names that are less complicated are the best. That’s kind of how mine came about too… I thought of it one day and knew that was it. Ponytails really are the best, though πŸ™‚

    • High five to ponytails and not overthinking things! πŸ™‚

  • I love how your blog name just popped into your head–I can so identify with that moment with my blog name, too! And I love that you so vividly remember that moment as well. It’s just another reason why it was meant to be for you!

    Thanks for linking up!

    p.s. Ponytails are my thing, too! I have pretty much lived my entire life wearing ponytails and they’re definitely THE best. πŸ™‚

    • I’m never more frustrated than when I chop all my hair off and have to wait through the awkward growing out stage where I can pull it back again (mayyyybe slight exaggeration) πŸ™‚

      • I know that exact feeling! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve always liked your blog name! It is perfectly simple – it reminds me of being 12 years old and my biggest concern as far as looks and things go being a nice bouncy ponytail and tightly tied sneakers so I could win races in PE class. I wear my hair down most of the time now, but when I mean business, up into a ponytail it goes!

    • Hah, that reminds me of cross country and track races where I’d redo my ponytail a dozen times until it felt “right.” It was so annoying trying to focus on a race when my hair felt off!