Bunnies, Kittens and Gristle

Cobalt Kitten

So I’m trying to decide on a name for a new website. This website is going to be the front door for my freelance web design projects. I want to be able to tell people to drop by this place if they’re curious to see what I’ve designed. Since I hope to be catering to creative Hollywood actors and photographers and such, I want something that’s simple and cool and, perhaps, a little cute.

Pondering this yesterday, I immediately think of bluebunny.com. It just jumps into my head and starts twitching its nose. I like it. I can already picture a spare, white web page with a single blue rabbit in the corner. Blue Bunny. That’s cute. I can imagine the conversation:

“I love your website! Who designed it?”

“Blue Bunny Design.”

“That’s so cute!”

But of course. bluebunny.com is taken. So is bluerabbit.com. I try greenbunny.com. redbunny.com. purplebunny.com. Taken. Taken. Taken. I do like the bunny thing, because I’ve always had this thing where I blame all the ills of the world on the Nefarious Black Bunnies of Doom and I’d like to invent a slightler nicer version of the species. Bunnies, however, prove to be popular on the web. So I try another animal, still thinking about the cool color idea. Colored animals. That’s gonna be my “thing.”

Cats are cool. I try bluecat.com. Taken, of course. Along with bluecat.net, bluecat.org, bluecat.info and yes, bluecat.biz. bluekitty? Taken. azurekitty? Taken. cobaltkitty? Available, actually, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it:

“I love your website! Who designed it?”

“Cobalt Kitty Design.”

“Oh.”

“Kitten” has the same problem. Kittens of every color exist on the web. But I do notice that blueberrykitty.com is available. So it jetkitty.com (“jet,” as in “black,” but with a cool “rocket” connotation.)

Briefly I try “puppy” but I guess I’m just not as into puppies as I am bunnies or kittens because I can’t get sickpuppy.com out of my head.

Later, I bring this up to some of my co-workers and get them thinking about it.

“Would you rather patronize a designer whose site was “littleblackbunny.com” or “blueberrykitty.com?” The question is met with immediate gagging all around. And for good reason. I don’t want this to be a cute-fest. That’s why bluecat.com would have been so cool. So then this exchange occurs:

Kirk: (improvising) What about… cat… tendon?

Me: cattendon.com?

Kirk: Believe me, it’s better than blueberrykitty.

He’s actually right. But then my little scene becomes:

“I love your website! Who designed it?”

“Cat Tendon Design.”

[projectile barf]

We keep going, inventing stuff on the fly. From cattendon.com we manage to get to kittygristle.com. Kitty Gristle. We laugh and laugh at first, but then we start repeating it and you know what? It’s kinda catchy. I start asking around. Test audiences like kittygristle.com a lot. “A little something for the girls and a little something for the boys.” I have reservations. I DO like the rhythm of the words so we try a few variations. kittythistle.com comes up. So does kittymissile.com, which I rather like (sort of like jetcat.com) kittyshizzle.com comes up, but I veto that one pretty quick.

kittygristle.com

That’s what people like. Kirk even draws a cartoony kitten in a frying pan and tells me it’s the logo for kittygristle.com. So if I go that way I already have some key art.

The jury’s still out. Other possibilities have come up. deepbluecat.com is available. I like that. And “indigo” is under-used in the animal kingdom, so indgobunny.com is available. And I’ve been playing with things other than colors today. concretekitten.com has popped up in my head once or twice (concretekitty.com is not available.) shadowbunny.com is taken, as is darkbunny.com, so those are out.

What do you think? Would you ask a guy who ran kittygristle.com to design a web page for you? What are alternatives? Any good synonyms for “blue” that I haven’t thought of (I’ve thought of a lot.)

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11 comments to “Bunnies, Kittens and Gristle”

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  1. Jules Bianchi - August 9, 2006 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I actually think cobaltkitty.com has a very COOL ring to it.

    Cobalt Kitty – there’s the allitteration factor without having the same letter – i love that – and there’s the subtley of “cobalt” as opposed to BLUE. You’ve already mentioned the potential logo possibilities!

    come on! I think its good. I honestly like it better than any of the other names in this post – even Kitty Gristle which sounds like something that you have to scrape out of the litter box…

  2. Jules Bianchi - August 9, 2006 at 10:00 pm Reply

    PS. You could even use the kitty you have featured in this very post – he’s a little bit cobalt himself!!

  3. Jules Bianchi - August 9, 2006 at 10:01 pm Reply

    i know how to spell alliteration and I thought I’d fixed it in that first post.

  4. Will - August 9, 2006 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I think you’re right. cobaltkitty.com is sounding kinda cool to me right now.

    Hmmm…

  5. mom - August 10, 2006 at 7:36 am Reply

    If you don’t wanna go with a chile or mountain theme :-), I second cobaltkitty.

  6. Keir - August 10, 2006 at 10:25 am Reply

    how ’bout
    CatGut.com (tennis, cats, gore)
    BadHamster.com (cute but also edgy)
    FeverCat.com
    BlueHare.com
    BlueCattail.com
    BlueHairball.com

  7. mom - August 10, 2006 at 1:12 pm Reply

    BlueHairball??????

  8. Jodi - August 10, 2006 at 6:51 pm Reply

    BadHamster! Yes!

  9. Will - August 10, 2006 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Unfortunately, Jodi, badhamster.com is taken. But yes, I think it’s a good one.

  10. DAWN - August 16, 2006 at 7:02 pm Reply

    i’m assuming azurekitty and aquakitty are taken? novelbunny? spacklebunny? liquidbunny? chichithemerenguedancingkitty? kingkitty? nightkitty? kittynoches? kittywright? noxbunny? i’m sure spacebunny is taken. astrokitty? ok i could do this ALL night.

  11. DAWN - August 16, 2006 at 7:16 pm Reply

    ok now i can’t stop.
    plaidkitty, jellybunny, pissykitty (har), sixbunny, squarebunny (you see the theme here), monsterkitty, bytebunny, nerobunny, bunnynoir? lazybunny?
    i SWEAR i’ll stop now.

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