I’ll bribe you to name a website for me …

I suck at coming up with titles. This here blog was named in desperation when everything else I wanted for an URL was taken. So it’s a quote from the post I’d just written when I switched from the DVD Verdict blog to this one, but since the title is so long, I saved a whole two letters by eliminating the “of” in the URL. Spur-of-the-moment decisions are not always good.

Anyway, now I’m trying to think of a permanent title for the new Canadian TV website, something that’s a little more descriptive and a little catchier than simply “Canadian TV.”

My plan is to keep building the site’s content until the time is right for an “official” launch, at which point I’ll put on my PR hat and, well, launch it. Hopefully with a catchy or at least informative name.

So send in your suggestions for a title and a tag line, and if I use yours, a shiny new e-gift certificate — iTunes? Amazon? — will be your reward. Plus, think of the glory. Or, yeah, just the gift certificate.

Right now it’s called “Canadian TV” and the tagline is “Not just Mounties and moose anymore” (which is a bit glib, especially since I don’t remember a show ever having a moose in it, except maybe the non-Canadian Northern Exposure). I want to keep “Canadian TV” in there, or something similar, since that’s what the site’s about – key words, you know. But what about Canadian TV? So far I’ve come up with “What’s on Canadian TV” and “Canadian TV Update” but they’re not grabbing me. The first one I thought of was “Canadian TV Does Not Suck,” but even trying to be a joke, it seemed a little … pathetic. And, well, not all the shows are going to be keepers.

You don’t have to be Canadian or even care about the site to participate. Any suggestions are appreciated, even if it’s to say you’re OK with one of the lame-ass ones I’ve come up with.

So leave a comment or e-mail me your suggestions for titles and tag lines. Please, help the titling impaired.

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8 Responses to I’ll bribe you to name a website for me …

  1. Webs says:

    Canuck in the Box

    Northern Underexposure

    Nightly Sights in Canada

  2. wcdixon says:

    Mulling this – presume its a ‘serious’ site but does that mean its title should be serious. There was something in its simplicity about Canadian TV…what are the most popular US tv info sites and their titles?

  3. Suldog says:

    “TV, eh?”


  4. Diane Kristine says:

    I’m open to anything – even a vote for keeping it as “Canadian TV.” I like simplicity, too, I just think it doesn’t quite get across what the site’s about. Maybe that could come in the tagline instead.

    My goal is to have a title and tagline that together spell out what to expect – it’s about the shows, not the industry, it’s a clearinghouse for news, etc. The site is serious, though I’d like to inject some personality, too, so the title doesn’t have to be completely serious. (So no apologies necessary for the TV, eh! contribution!)

    I just don’t know. I’ll probably do a poll with the ones that grab me, and keep “Canadian TV” in there, and see what others think. And then I’ll be a dictator and pick what I like 😉

    I’ll post contributions I get from shy e-mailing folks, too, in case they spur some other ideas:

    – Northern Highlights : What’s Doing on Canadian TV
    – Northern Exposure: Canadian TV News & Reviews
    – Due North: Giving Canadian TV Its Due
    – CAN-TV: Canadian TV
    – Canadian TV Rocks

  5. Diane Kristine says:

    Oh, and wcdixon, I don’t know if they’re the most popular, but the US TV info sites I was inspired by (in content, if not execution) are a combination of TV Tattle (“A weblog of TV news and criticism”) and The Futon Critic (“the web’s best television resource”). Neither of the titles convey much, but the taglines get the point across.

  6. Brent McKee says:

    I suppose you could take a hint from the way government names things:
    TelevisionCanada (no space between “Television” and “Canada”)

  7. wcdixon says:

    you’re right – TV Tattle and Futon Critic are two great models…but what’s in a name indeed…though the taglines say all.

    hmmmm… TV From Above

    I don’t know yet, but one will jump out – and Canadian TV or TV Canada wouldn’t be embarrassing…

  8. Chopped Nuts says:



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