Before my colleague DrugMonkey gives me more grief about not yet having a CafePress shop (theirs here) to sell and give away paraphernalia related to this blog, I have a question for you, the always erudite and good-looking reader of this humble blog.
You see, I don’t know exactly what text to put on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and thongs, that properly reflect the name recognition – dare I say, “brand” – of this blog. When I first started the blog on 15 December 2005, I thought that Terra Sigillata was a great name and a great metaphor for the natural product medicines I try to write about mostly. (Read here if you didn’t know the Terra Sigillata story.) However, I never anticipated that:
1. More than two dozen of you would actually be repeat readers.
2. “Terra Sigillata” would be difficult for some to pronounce.
3. “Terra Sigillata” would put us in the bottom quarter of most blogrolls.
I started thinking about this when some of my colleagues put “Abel Pharmboy” in their blogrolls where, happily, I was at the top of their alphabetical lists.
When I meet people in meatspace, they invariably call me “Abel” even if they are privy to my real name, but there is often hesitance in pronouncing “Terra Sigillata” – the only exception, no surprise here – is Bora Zivkovic. It can be pronounced in two ways depending on whether you are a student of Latin [sij-uh-ley-tuh] or, more commonly (and the way Bora does it), sig-uh-lah-tuh. (You can go here to hear the second, more common pronunciation).
However, when referring to the blog I used “Terra Sig.” Of course, “my blog” also works. (I’m also reminded that Dr Shelley Batts (Retrospectacle, Of Two Minds) was fond of using my hip-hop name, “T-Sig.”)
I’m not planning on changing the blog’s name, mind you. I am more interested in knowing how you refer to the blog so that I can put text and images on a CafePress shirt that the 500 of you will actually recognize. I can assure you that regardless of your input, my new tagline, “The Awesome Power of Natural Products,” will be featured.
Hence, might I impose upon you to take a moment from your Friday slacking to answer this poll. You are permitted up to two answers and, for the more creative among you, an “Other” choice and fill-in box has been provided.
Of course, any comments or suggestions for T-shirt design will be gladly taken under consideration below.
Have a great weekend!