When we started talking about this, Amy and I were coming at it from very different places. We had just left an all day training session at our adoption agency and they told us that we had a better chance of finding our future child by doing our own networking than by sitting around waiting to get selected out of a profile book. So we left the agency and went to the mall to run some errands and just hang out and talk about everything we’d learned that day.
Amy was in total TCB mode (taking care of business). She had a whole list of things we needed to get done:
Get a blog, get a Facebook page, email our friends, make cards to hand out, plan fundraisers, paint our nursery, buy a crib, buy other baby stuff …you get the idea.
My mind, however, was in a totally different place. I went into work mode too…but my job is a little different from hers, so I naturally went to the first step in the process of any marketing campaign that I work on: brainstorm!
Brainstorms are a beautiful thing. They are a place where the sky is the limit, and no ideas are bad ideas. At work – we all get together in a room with a white board and we just unload every fun/weird/totally impossible thought in our heads. Eventually…we have to filter out the good ideas from the–other ideas–but that’s the hard work that comes later. Brainstorms are just plain fun.
So here I am in brainstorm mode…throwing all kinds of crazy ideas at Amy, and Amy was in TCB mode just trying to get through her list, on which, naming our blog was just one of many items.
Needless to say, our brainstorm didn’t go well. And after Amy shut down at least a dozen of my ideas for what to name the blog, I started to realize that I was mad at her for not following the rules of brainstorming, rules which I hadn’t told her about, nor did I give her any indication that I wanted to have a brainstorm session…I just started spewing out names for our blog…none of which she liked.
Without further adieu…here are the top 5 names for our blog that I wanted, but Amy didn’t:
1. Craig & Amy Future Baby
2. [Insert Baby Here]
3. Lego’s & Barbie Dolls
4. The Adoptanators
5. Baby Please!
Eventually we polled several friends via text and asked them to help us decide. The clear winner by popular vote was [Insert Baby Here], but for some reason, Amy decided she just couldn’t agree to it (after she agreed to the vote), and that she really thinks No Due Date is the right name.
You know what’s funny? All this happened in December of 2011. After I gave in and agreed to No Due Date, Amy showed me a private blog she created about 9 months earlier. You know what it was called? No Due Date.