Where do the names featured at AppMtn come from?
Back in 2008 I feared that I’d never keep writing if I had to come up with the names myself. Happily, your suggestions have taken this blog into wild and weird directions, onomastically speaking. Thanks to you I’ve written about names I loved from the second I read the suggestion, names I fretted I’d find nothing to love about, and names that I just plain hadn’t heard of until your email landed in my inbox.
All that said, there are quite a few requests these days, and it can be a bit overwhelming. I average three new name posts a week, plus one re-run (after four years’ worth of posts, well … some of them needed to be updated!)
My calendar usually fills up about four months ahead. I have a few general rules I use to choose the names profiled:
- I try to take two names from every email I receive, whether you send me a list of twenty or a list of two. Either way is fine;
- If I’m totally overloaded, I might not look at your suggestions for a few days, or even weeks. I hate to keep you waiting, but I also hate to lose track of requests;
- Sometimes I agree to write about a name even though I don’t much like it at first glance. By the time I’m done with the post, chance are pretty good that I’m going to find quite a bit of positive in the name. The comments, however, may not be as kind.
You can email your requests to appmtn (at) gmail (dot) com or use this form:
Comments or questions are welcome.