Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's in a name? - Blog Hop

I am participating in a blog hop called "What's in a name?" organized by Shelley Graham Turner. This blog hop is all about what's behind the names of our blogs, businesses and so on. So read on to learn about my name and at the end of this post you can find the list of the rest of the participants with links to their blogs. 

Oh my, what have I gotten myself into? was the first that popped into my mind when I sat down to write this blog post. 

When I started to make jewelry about five years ago I did not have this blog or a "name". I had an ordinary blog where I mostly wrote about our home and family which is called "Shymes hem" (translated to English: "Shyme's home"). Then when I started making some sales and started thinking about starting a separate jewelry blog I started thinking about a "business"-name, something to call my jewelry making. Even though I had my other blog called "Shymes hem" it was not that obvious to me that "Shyme" would be a part of my jewelry blogging or making. 

The name "Shyme"  originally comes from when I started participating in forums and communities in the beginning of my internet use. It is really a combination of the two words "shy" and "me" that I put together simply because I was a very shy person at that time. That alias stuck with me through the years and was what I was calling myself in a large Swedish community where I was introduced to the shabby chic/vintage/Danish/French interior design and definitely the color white and also was inspired to start blogging. 

So back to my jewelry blog then. After some thinking I decided to call my jewelry blog "Shymes smycken" which in  English should become "Shyme's jewelry". My blog was called that for quite a while, until I discovered the international blog world last year when I was on maternity leave with my youngest daughter. Then I started to write in both Swedish and English for a while before starting to write in just English. I then decided to make my blog name more international and also usable in marketing my jewelry in both Sweden and later on in the Etsy shop I started. So my blog changed name to "Shyme Design" which is also what i today call my jewelry in general. I would not call it a business name since it is still just a hobby.

If you still are reading: Thanks for reading! 

Now hop on and read about the other participants and their names.


  1. Thanks for sharing your story. I love that these hops reach around the globe and bring us all together.

  2. I like the final name the best, it suits a "business person" and with what I see on your Etsy shop, you are so much more than a "hobbiest"

  3. ((Jenny))...Shy you! A hobby?! with your beautiful pieces I have no doubt your lil "hobby" will evolve into something BIG! Your pieces are so soft looking, even the ones that aren't pink! I am so glad Lori Anderson partnered us up - I now have a beading partner in Sweden (which is NOT Belgium)and you have a friend in Virginia Beach! Thanks for joining me in my birthday blog. xxoOh! ~ Shelley

  4. I love the use of a foreign language that represents your heritage! Nice story!

  5. Great story, love how you put the two words together that described you and created a new name...

  6. This is for sure one of my favorite stories. Great job!