When I started the blog, I named it Oh Melvin because I said those two words SEVERAL times a day. In the beginning it was a frustrated Oh Melvin what have you done and at the end, it was a Oh Melvin, I love you bud. I gave no thought to how long I would blog or if the blog would outlive Melvin. Neither of those things felt like a concern to me at the time.
I no longer say “Oh Melvin” out loud anymore. In fact, I have not said those words since the moment we said goodbye. When I pull up the blog each day, I wonder about two things…
- Does oh Melvin, yo Jake feel right?
- How in the world will I ever add other dog names to that moniker?
To start, the URL will always be ohmelvin.com. I bought ohmelvin.com and I’m keeping it. Forever. That is always how you will get here. That URL is the soul of this blog. It is what brought us all together. Hopefully that relieves some concern.
The title of the blog probably needs to evolve though. Life has changed for us and the blog should reflect some of that shift.
I’ve been toying with two options.
- The first is from a line in a song that I sang to Melvin every night, a song that started long before there was ever a blog: Oh Melvin, into my life you came. In this option I would go with: “…into my life you came. The story of Melvin & Jake“. This would then allow for dogs who follow, to be represented (I’d just keep adding names).
- The other option I am considering is: “Love lives on. The story of Melvin & Jake.“. If you follow us on Instagram, you know that #loveliveson is a hashtag I have been using for the last three months. And it’s easy to add names on.
For both options, the menu heading that says “About Melvin (and Jake)’ would change to a different heading for each dog. Oh Melvin would include the background of Melvin. Yo Jake would be about the wonky-legged-googly-eyed-dude. I could then add a menu button for any other dogs that find their way to us. So there would still be Oh Melvin and Yo Jake visually.
So what is your opinion? Do you like 1 or 2? Do you dislike either? Do you have other ideas? Do you want it to stay Oh Melvin, Yo Jake (and if so, how do I add names to that?). Could I ask anymore questions in this paragraph?
And just a FYI, when asked, Jake suggested the blog be called: Just Jake.