Post Titles Are Hard

December 19, 2015 Discussions 10

I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, I have the most horrible time coming up with a title for posts! Reviews are easy, I just do book+author+review. But discussions? I tend to fail, BADLY. The title is almost always too long, easily confused with some other subject, or both. Rarely do I actually come up with a discussion title that works well.

I’m constantly in envy of all you bloggers who have brains that work well for coming up with titles for your posts. I don’t know what my issue is, but the longer I try to come up with a good title, the worse the title ends up being!

Case in point, last week’s Discussion Post: “What Do You Think Of Bloggers Who Moderate Comments?

That post. That one right there? Was not about moderating in general. But specifically about bloggers who delete comments that don’t agree with their own thoughts. And is that what springs to mind when reading the title? Noooooo…… (I’m not sure if this posts title is much better honestly!)

Occasionally I manage to get titles that fit the topic and aren’t a hundred years long. But I tend to think of those as flukes, since they don’t happen often.

How do you come up with titles for your posts? How do you make them FIT the post and not ramble on about something off-topic? How do you keep them short but still fit the theme? (Also, Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates something this month!)

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10 Responses to “Post Titles Are Hard”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Bahaha I RAMBLE. XD I don’t mind have massively epic long titles. *nods* But if it’s a discussion I try to keep it a little bit shorter. And I’ll like edit the url before I post it, so if I’m going to use words like “gargantuan” in my post title (which, let’s face it, I do all the time) I DON’T in the url. I try to keep that really slick and to the point. *nods*
    But post titles are hard. You’re not alone. 😉
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’m actually surprised I didn’t ramble as much as usual in this post. *laughs* Even my comments tend to ramble!

      I’ve tried to get better about editing the URL of posts, but I don’t always remember to do so. And then of course when I DO remember I wanted to edit the URL, it’s too late because I’ve already linked it all over the place. Oops…

      But I feel so much better now. The Queen of the Universe also has problems with post titles! Yay! *impish grin*

  2. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    I ALWAYS have problems with my titles. It’s usually impossible for me to get my point across without a few hundred words, so titles are…interesting. I’ve actually not written topics because I’m going ‘and how, exactly, would you title THAT?’

    One trick that I’ve learnt that helps a little is to have a basic idea for my post before I start writing it, but not title it until after I’ve finished the post. When I do it the other way around, I’ll notice that my discussion rambles on and no longer even fits my title. That’s always fun.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Sometimes I know the title right away, like the one for this post. Those are the ones that make sense and aren’t a million miles long.

      The ones I try to come up with after the post is written are always full of fail though. I have no idea why it works that way. Sometimes I come up with good/short titles after the post is written, but it’s much rarer for me. I always go “Okay, the post is about X. So the title should be….” And then either end up with nothing for a while, or a random-seeming title. Maybe I’m trying too hard? I usually blame it on blonde-brain.

  3. Wendy

    I think with titles in general, the trick is to not name it until it’s done. Then you can pull out whatever you want to focus on. I know I’m someone who definitely discovers my points as I write, so if I try to label a piece ahead of time, it’s likely to be off.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I mostly come up with titles after the post is completely written. So I can tell exactly what I’m going to babble about instead of titling and then realizing I went off on a million tangents and have to think of a new title! It just doesn’t click well for me all the time though.

      I’ve always babbled and gone on and on about things, maybe my post titles are just a casualty of that? *laughs* I’m really trying to get better about it though! Maybe next year?

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Glad to know that they make sense to someone besides me! I know I’ve confused a few people before, because the title didn’t quite fit the way I meant it to.

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