What’s in a Name — My New Editorial Page.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Me Standing in the Gateway to the Odd PageWhat should I call my new Editorial Page?

I decided that I will start a new editorial page. Not long ago I did a daily editorial page called “The Gnomestead Stump” and while I could continue it even after a bit of a gap, I think perhaps I will start a new one.

I have a few reasons for the decision. A number have to do with control of content. I have a more flexibility on a host I pay. I still have to stay within the law of course. I do have recourse to change provider if regulations are not what I care for.

Still, the largest reason I decided to make the change was a matter of the name. “The Gnomestead Stump” is a bit of an odd name. It fit in with the whole “Gnomestead” “Gnome’s Garden” motif. I also had the “Gnome’s Campfire” and later the “Gnome’s Village”. I had already used the Gnome’s Campfire… I wanted a place where people might come around and listen. So I figured rather than a soap box… a stump, like the log you might sit or stand on by the campfire would work as a base for a name.

Now, I have “The Gnomestead” which I keep in “gnomestead.com” and “The Gnome’s Garden”. But, I want a better name for my editorial site. Otherwise I could just keep “The Gnomestead Stump” on Blogspot.

Here are my thoughts for a new name:

  1. The Gnome’s Campfire
  2. The Gnome’s Bonfire
  3. The Gnome’s Fireside
  4. The Gnome’s Soapbox
  5. By the Gnome’s Fireplace
  6. Gnorman’s Campfire
  7. Gnorman’s Fireside
  8. Gnorman’s Soapbox


I am not sure if there might be better names or if I should get away from Gnomes and Gnorman… I’m looking for ideas.

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  1. Sharon says:

    By the Gnomes Fireside has a nice ring to it.

  2. DWPenner says:

    I could work with that. I hope a few others might come and give their thoughts.

  3. Sharon says:

    Exactly, what are your hopes for the page? I hope it makes you happy. I can not say WHEN I will be able to “participate”, yet. Please, if you want me to be there, all you have to do is ask. I try to support all your projects. XX

  4. DWPenner says:

    The page will be an Editorial Column basically. I hope to write on it regularly — though I haven’t decided on the frequency. A schedule is important otherwise it seems that such things fall by the wayside. Anyway What I would hope for is finding people to read the editorial pieces and if they like, to post comments, though that is not necessary. Finding a readership is the big thing. So when it gets started spreading it via Facebook friends and Twitter as well as Word of Mouth through my contacts will be important.

  5. Sharon says:

    Get away from the Gnome stuff, Darrell. In honor of your father, give the editorial page, a name that shares his memory in some way. What a wonderful way to have him alive and fluttering his angels wings with joy every time you are online.

    • DWPenner says:

      Hi Sharon, I have gone with “The Garden Wall” for the name. Not to stick with “The Gnome’s Garden” theme, but because throughout my life my interaction with Dad often has been around Walls and Fences. When I was 2 or 3 we worked on the fence of Mom and Dad’s first house. We worked on the fences of all the homes. We also built walls in the basements of the houses and I learnt a lot of skills and it was time Dad and I could spend together. We also built a great stone retaining wall. It was functional and decorative and will stand for who knows how long… as long as the house and could outlast it even.

      But building walls and fences we chatted and talked… and I grumbled a lot about the work… and early on learnt about workmanship and the value of hard work and that if you put your mind to it, you could do most anything.

      And then… building the fences and wall we chatted with neighbours and when we were landscaping around the wall… we visited more. The wall with lush grass planted above parts of it, was so nice to sit on and so solid. We could take pride in it validly.

      If you see these words again, it will have become a post on The Garden Wall.


  6. DWPenner says:

    I was thinking and discussed it with Mom and really doing something to memorialise Dad with the name just didn’t seem appropriate. Dad just wasn’t that sort and it really isn’t our family way. Dad would be proud if I write and am successful with the writing and enjoy it.

    I had been planning on going with “The Gnome’s Garden”. It was a simple, straight forward choice, but I have been researching names today. Unfortunately doing that with a colossal headache doesn’t help much. I think I might put it on the dwpenner.ca domain rather than the gnomestead.com one perhaps. The biggest downside to “The Gnome’s Garden” is that people expect either a site on gardening or on fantasy creatures.

    I have toyed with the idea of “The Fence” or “One the Fence” or “Off the Fence” or “On the Fence”. With the reasoning behind it that I am getting frustrated with too many “isms” and “ists” and too much dividing the world into categories. I think that there is some sort of phobia or hatred or snobery against people who take a bit of time to look at issues before making a decision and where people might realize that not enough information is in to make an informed choice. Too many people are herded into following without knowing what they are following. They are going down the cattle chute… true they chose the cattle chute, but they didn’t know whether it went to the slaughter house or to the cattle car leading ot pasture.

    The point of “Fences” or “The Fence” is that it is okay to discuss an decision. You don’t have to blindly follow a leader. It is not a sign of weakness to change your mind if new information comes to light. Some fences “should” be wide enough to sit on for a while. Some fences should not be sat on. Some fences should be torn down… so you get the drift for the theme of those name ideas.

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