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What’s in a name

Every now and again I get someone asking me about the name of this blog. Something along the lines of What kind of stupid idiotic name is Iceland Weather Report, when your blog is all about politics or economics or magical locations you can find in Iceland, and nothing about the weather?

Well, there’s a story, you see.

There’s always a story.

I’ve often thought about changing the name of the blog, especially since I don’t write those little weather blurbs any more, but then I’ve changed my mind. Because I kind of like quirky things.



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  • Lissa July 25, 2010, 1:53 pm

    Maybe put a small link on the sidebar to the post explaining the name? I like the name, and one should know one’s history (especially in Iceland, where you all seem to be nuts about it).

    Although, if it isn’t too much trouble and the spirit moves you, could we maybe get an old fashioned weather blurb once or twice a year? I do miss it, although I also understand why doing it every day would be torture.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland July 25, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Perhaps to “The Iceland Socio-Economic-Political Weather Report”, Alda is correct in saying there are other ways to get the weather in Iceland not least Google Earth which I have revisited again since 2007 and my my has it improved, just love the 360 panorama shots of various spots in Reykjavik just wish there were more, thinking of doing one myself,just need to get more spy satellites launched to improve the resolution Ireland is way to fuzzy. But it has enabled me to find out that Brennisteinsfjöll is only 23 km from downtown Reykjavik winning the title of closest Volcano. Keep the name, well it is traditional by now, my suggestion is a bit of a mouthful like the names of your Volcanoes.

  • Stephen Cowdery July 25, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Some people will never understand the concept of a metaphor.

  • James July 25, 2010, 5:42 pm

    The Eyjafjallajokull Eruption Report?…

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland July 25, 2010, 6:49 pm

    @James yes very funny.

  • sylvia hikins July 25, 2010, 7:19 pm

    Don’t change the name. One, because you now have a reputation and the name is known in many circles, and two, in English, taking the temperature is a phrase that is a bit like testing the water, which is often what your content does, so there is a nice double meaning. Weather. Temperature. Blowing hot or cold, etc etc.
    sylvia from viking wirral.

  • americangirl July 25, 2010, 7:20 pm

    I think the name is still quite appropriate. Or maybe it would help if you called it The Iceland “Weather” Report? 😉

  • Joerg July 25, 2010, 9:47 pm

    You might provide the blog with a subheading to clarify things for the uninitiated but, please, do not change the name.

  • R.L.Dogh July 25, 2010, 11:20 pm

    This blog appears in my windows because it is a weather report. As I fly I read weather reports, and never find them boring. Those here were always in sketch, never locating centres, pressures, directions and velocities at altitudes and all, but they gave generalities.
    I thought when the reports ceased it was for the kreppa, that you had lost your weather together with all else, normal foods, drinks, civilisation and all that you had to sell. With enough geo-thermal to keep you warm, to generate power to light the governmen could sell Holland the sun, the Orkneys the wind, Scotland the sleet, Ireland the rain, give the clouds to the Faroes, couldn’t sell to them, and the snow to Greenland, whose glaciers are getting thin.
    You are saying now the weather is still there? You have only moved your desk from the window?

  • PeterRRRRR July 25, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Maybe figure out some way to work “Sex” in the title? Sure to increase your page views 🙂

  • Natalie July 26, 2010, 2:20 am

    @Peter. hmmm, The Iceland sex report. Makes you wonder where some of our minds are 🙂

  • Sue July 26, 2010, 4:35 am

    Iceland Sex Report? Hmmmm… I think the current name is really cute so don’t change it.

  • Andrew July 26, 2010, 4:43 am

    I like the name! Could you do some posts about the Icelandic weather, at least in general terms, from time to time?

  • JB in San Diego July 26, 2010, 3:40 pm

    How about the Iceland Whether Report, as in you are going to speak your mind whether or not anyone else agrees? Just kidding.

    From a purely marketing standpoint, I think quirky names with a obscure but easy-to-find back story are the easiest to remember. I can think of blogs (and books) that I have read and wanted to share with friends, and just couldn’t come up with the name because it was too direct or plain.

  • Lisa Deeley Smith July 26, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I have always thought the name of your blog was one of the many witty things about it, as you are always writing about the condition of Iceland.

    An occasional mention of the actual weather, especially weather trends, would agaqin be nice.

    A button on the side for the literalists and the obtuse, perhaps.