When I started writing Appellation Mountain way back in January of 2008, I struggled to come up with enough ideas to hit publish regularly.
Every. Single. Day.
After choosing a few, I realized that it was the kind of decision that was better made by a group, so I opened it up to suggestions.
Since then, I’ve never struggled for ideas.
If there’s any magic to Appellation Mountain, it’s thanks to this wonderful community. In the best of possible ways, it’s not me – it’s all you! (And you and you and you!)
But as the site gets bigger, it can be harder to reach out. And I’m often overwhelmed by the sheer number of ways to talk to readers!
That’s why every once in a while I like to host a Lurker Week.
The idea is simple: during the week of May 23rd, I’ll feature names suggested through comments on this post, but only from first time commenters.
Feel free to also suggest post topics – ideas for lists or burning questions to be answered – as well as possible Baby Names of the Day.
And just for fun, here are a few of my favorite Baby Names of the Day that I wrote about – and in some cases discovered! – thanks to suggestions from The Formerly Lurking:
- The on-trend but seldom heard Madeleva, apparently invented by a young nun at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. It’s believed that she created Madeleva from a smoosh of her given names, Mary Evaline, who went on to become a medieval scholar and trailblazing leader as the president of her alma mater.
- The jazzy Ellington, a name that feels unisex and is rising for boys and girls at the moment, though it remains much rarer than the rest of the El- names.
- The Cornish Aderyn, which is almost a perfect blend of our interest in bird names and all of those Addie-inspired choices. Except the pronunciation is different, with the emphasis on the middle syllable. Dealbreaker? I’m not sure …
Oh dear! Now that I’ve started this list, it could go on forever. Because Appellation Mountain readers really do have The Best Ideas.
If you’re new to the site, or have been here forever but have been hiding quietly in the background, this is your chance. Leave a comment with the names or topics you’d love to have featured, and hopefully we’ll fit a bunch of them in this May!