The Bellbird is Born


I’ve decided to change the name of my blog. Farewell, belllettres. You can read why I originally called it that here. I still love the name, but time has proven it to be not so user-friendly. Any time anyone asks me the name of my blog, I want to pronounce it with a french accent. This has two outcomes: A. I feel a bit silly and self-conscious, and B. the other person inevitably looks puzzled and asks, “Ummm, can you spell that?” If I pronounce it with a broad Kiwi accent I still feel silly and self-conscious, and the other person still asks me to spell it.

I am also thinking ahead. As many of you know, as well as being a creative writer I am studying to be a freelance proofreader and editor. When I graduate at the end of the year, I’ll embark on setting up a business website and looking for work. I need a business name that is catchy, unique, memorable – and that ties in with my blog, twitter account and Facebook page. Belllettres just wasn’t going to cut it.

So, from today (hopefully, if I navigate my way through the process with no major hiccups), my blog address will be…drumroll…

My Facebook page will be called Bellbirdwords (you can follow me on Facebook by clicking on the link near the top of the page on the right, by the way) and my Twitter handle will be @bellbirdtweets.

When I set up my own business I will call it Bellbird Proofreading and Copy Editing, or something similar.

Why the bellbird? (That’s one singing at the top of this post.) First, it’s a native New Zealand bird and I’m (mostly) Kiwi. Wikipedia has this to say about the New Zealand bellbird:

The bellbird forms a significant component of the famed New Zealand dawn chorus of bird song that was much noted by early European settlers. The explorer Captain Cook wrote of its song “it seemed to be like small bells most exquisitely tuned”.

Second, Bell is my last name. Third, the idea of singing and music seem apt. Writing, for me, is one way of expressing the music of the heart. The musicality of language is one reason I love writing. I am always “listening” as I write; the way a sentence sounds is as important to me as what it says. Incidentally, I’m also a singer.

So what does the name change mean for you, my readers and followers? Nothing. If you follow my blog, posts will still appear in your emails and/or Reader. Visitors to will be redirected to my new address, and I will leave this post visible on my home page for some time.

Thank you for your ongoing support. x

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