For a project that has generated much initial enthusiasm – long may it continue – the naming of our new creation has been a little contentious. Is contentious the right word? James and I have dithered like a pair of cats deciding whether to go for the mouse in the grass, the bird in the tree we cannot reach, or tear out a little of each other’s fur for invading the territory. Given that I’m not usually indecisive, this is unusual – but, then, I am not used to committee-led decision making. It’s probably just as well I’m not the prime minister.
All of which is interesting, as James has passed the final executive decision to me. So, I’m going to make it.
During the period of the great dither (is that the big dither or the great indecision?), I would wake at some point in the afternoon to find that the site displayed a new name as James toyed with it during the tweaking process. I would open it up and muse to myself that this is what we are calling ourselves today.
The poll had a couple of obvious front runners – unfortunately the runaway favourite; “Herding Cats” is another blog in the USA. That put paid to that one. So too, was a late addition to the mix, but one that I did like very much; “The Forlorn Hope”. There was a lesson to be learned there and I suspect that Google might have been a possible solution. I don’t recall exactly what the order of preference was, the poll is no longer up, but the current name “Orphans of Liberty” featured fairly high – and I seem to remember several people commented favourably. As it has been up now for about 48 hours without a name change, it is my inclination to run with that.
So, if you really, really hate it, you know who to blame. I’ve got broad shoulders, I can take it.
On an admin note: We have several posts scheduled and these take us well into Tuesday. This is a good thing – and I thank all of those of you who have contributed so far – it is you who will make this a success, not us. However, you may be writing about something that is time sensitive and waiting a couple of days may make the post go out of date. We need to think that one through. At the moment, I’m only scanning posts as I schedule them for the next slot. I think that if something is really time sensitive, we might have to jump the queue to get it out there.
Bear with us on that one as I’m thinking aloud – but I think we need to be a bit flexible with scheduling.