The Anatomy of An Epic Blog Title

By now avid readers of this blog ave noticed the awesomeness of many of my blog titles on this site. From “All I Want For My Birthday Is a Big Booty Hoe” to “There Is No Spoon, Then You Will See That It Is Not The Spoon That Bends But Only Yourself” or “You Borrow My Brain For Five Seconds and Just Be Like “Dude Unplug this Bastard, Can’t Handle It!!!!!”, coming up with such EPIC titles is a science anyone can master if you’re willing to think outside the box. If you’ve come here with an open mind then I shall bestow upon you some of my techniques for making epic blog titles.

1. Your blog title should keep them guessing

If you’re an avid reader of my blogs then you may remember the post “Perseverance Is Failing 19 times and Succeeding the 20th”, this blog post focused on my struggles in the mainstream school system but you wouldn’t know that until you actually read the blog. You would know from first glance that it had something to do with a struggle I over came or navigated but you would have to actually read the blog to know in what context. By using a somewhat vague blog title, it forces people to read in order to figure out what’s going on. If you’re too straight forward with your titles then you my deter potential readers because just from looking at the title they know it covers a topic they might not care much about even though you have something really valuable to say. This blog title and a few others fall under another really important ingredient to an epic blog title.

2. Pop Culture references are a must

In line with keeping them guessing, references to pop culture will not only keep in line with making a vague blog title, it’ll instantly sell the blog post to those who pick up on the reference. The blog post above is a quote by Julie Andrews, a popular actress. If you follow pop culture then the blog titles then the titles “It Is Purpose That Created Us, Purpose That Drives Us”, “You Borrow My Brain For Five Seconds and Just Be Like “Dude Unplug this Bastard, Can’t Handle It!!!!!”, “Who Could Love A Beast Or In This Case, an Autistic”, “Well I Guess This Is Growing Up”, “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”, “This Is Your Brain On Autism (A Picture of My Mind), “A Train of Thought”, “The Little Machine That Could (Autism, Robots, and Artificial Intelligence)”, “Ask Me Why I Talk Like That Again, I Dare You! I Double Dare You _______________________”, “Holding Onto Anger is like Drinking Poison and Expecting the Other Person to Die”, “Friendship Is Magic (Important Life Lessons From a Kid’s Cartoon)”, “Somewhere I Belong”, “Dance, When You’re Broken Open. Dance, If You’ve Torn the Bandage Off”, “The League of Extraordinary Women”, “There is No Spoon, Then You’ll See That it is Not The Spoon That Bends, It is Only Yourself”, “All I Want For My Birthday is a Big Booty Hoe (A Look Back At an Epic Year of Blogging)”, and as a bonus “A Thing Called Love”. These blog titles all reference something in pop culture whether it be a song, a quote from an author or movie, and actor, a celebrity, an album, or a book while being loosely based off of the subject of the blog post. That latter portion is extremely important. if the blog title has nothing to do with what you’re writing then the reference gets lost in translation and will create a major disconnect with reader. For those who don’t know all of these references, they will be posted towards the end of the blog why? Because I aim to tease.

3. Puns Puns Puns

For those who slept through English class or just need a refresher, a pun is a play on words for example, two people are getting it on, one of them says “hope you’re prepared for the “cumming attraction”, a play on the word “coming attraction”. Extreme? You bet your ass it was an extreme example but it got your attention didn’t? It drew you in like a bug zapper didn’t it? This why puns work wonders with blog titles but subtlety is key. If you make it too obvious it becomes extremely cheesy. The blog title “Does Autism Speaks Speak For Me” is a play on the the name or the organization “Autism Speaks” and also borrows from pop culture or something relevant. Even something as simple as “A Train of Thought” it is an idiom but also a play on another pop culture reference. Puns are a great way to make your blog title pop out but make sure it’s subtle, otherwise it’ll shoot itself in its own foot.

4. Keep it short but memorable

One day your blog may become popular and people are going to want to reference blog titles however, if your blog titles are too long then people will have a hard time remembering them. This is not to say that a blog title should be only 3-5 words, you just need to make sure that your blog title has enough words to get the point across but nothing more. You have noticed that some of my blog titles are rather long however, they fall under rule 2 about pop culture references therefore they are easily recognizable and are easy to reference.

5. Be You

Most importantly as with the rest of your blogs, you should be yourself when writing titles for your blogs. You blog titles should always be a reflection of your personality. If your blog titles don’t have pieces of your personality thrown into them then they come off as just another blog. Any one can throw together a collection of their ramblings and call it a blog but it takes true creativity to be the place people look to when they want an expert opinion with a bit of flair. I realize that there are plenty of blogs about Autism but a lot of my readers come here because I pour every part of my witty personality into these blog posts and titles. Maybe in the future I will write another blog post about what goes into making a good blog post.

Pop Culture Reference Spoilers:

If you’ve made it down here then it means one of two things, 1. You were so interested in the makings of an epic blog title that you cared enough to read through this entire post or 2. You couldn’t give a shit less what I had to say and just wanted to cut to decoding some pop culture references. To those who are in category number 1, I applaud your patience and your dedication to my blog. Your continued loyalty is the reason why I put so much energy into making this blog as epic as it is. To those who are in category number, well #@&% you! These blogs take a lot less time for you to read than it does for me to write them unless you have some difficulties reading, for that I am sorry but for those who don’ there really isn’t any excuse for you to skip over useful information. Which ever category you’re in, you’re here to read about some pop culture references so without further adieu, here they are (Don’t worry people from category two, I still love y’all).

“It Is Purpose That Created Us, Purpose That Drives Us”

This blog post focused on my purpose for writing this blog and why I’m here on this earth. The blog title is a quote from Matrix Reloaded and it is said during a monologue by the main antagonist

“You Borrow My Brain For Five Seconds and Just Be Like “Dude Unplug this Bastard, Can’t Handle It!!!!!”

This blog was a trip in to my chaotic mind. The title of this blog is a line from an infamous Charlie Sheen rant.

“Who Could Love a Beast Or In This Case, An Autistic”

This post was a reference to an essay I wrote one night when I felt lonely and was reflecting on my struggles with dating. The title is a reference to the infamous line “Who could love a beast” from the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast”

“Well I Guess This Is Growing Up”,

This was a rant about my gripes with today’s teenagers, the title is a line from the Blink 182 song “Dammit”

“I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”

This blog post focused on the various devices that help those with disabilities, the blog title is the name of one of my favorite Beatles songs.

“This Is Your Brain On Autism (A Picture of My Mind)

This blog post was my way of explaining the shoddy cable company wiring that is my brain. The blog title is a play on a popular anti drug campaign from the 90s called “This is your brain on drugs”.

“A Train of Thought”

This blog was a random rambling/story for the hell of it that loosely tied into my life. This title is a reference to one of my favorite Dream Theater (A progressive metal band) albums.

“The Little Machine That Could (Autism, Robots, and Artificial Intelligence)”

In this post I made some connections between Autistics and self aware robots, the blog title is a reference to a popular children’s book “The Little Engine that Could”.

“Ask Me Why I Talk Like That Again, I Dare You! I Double Dare You _______________________”

This blog was a rant about people who question and mock my pace of speech, the title is a reference to a line from the movie Pulp Fiction.

“Holding Onto Anger is like Drinking Poison and Expecting the Other Person to Die”

This blog was sort of my way of making peace with those who wronged me, the title is in reference to a famous quote but I could never find the original poster of the quote because there are multiple variations by numerous people.

“Friendship Is Magic (Important Life Lessons From a Kid’s Cartoon)

This blog was my way of pulling some important life lessons from a cartoon I got hooked to (My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic). The reference is from the cartoon title itself.

“Somewhere I Belong”

This blog post focused on my nerdom and the importance of me connecting with those who share the same interests I do. The title of this blog is the name of one of my favorite Linkin Park songs.

“Dance, When You’re Broken Open. Dance, If You’ve Torn the Bandage Off”

This blog focused on my love of DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) and how that love ties to being on the spectrum. The title is a quote by a Persian poet named Rumi.

“The League of Extraordinary Women”

Here I talked about the women that have played a major role in my journey. The title is a play on the movie title “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”

“There is No Spoon, Then You’ll See That it is Not The Spoon That Bends, It is Only Yourself”

This blog debunked many myths about people on the spectrum being a mystery to be solved, the title of this blog post is another quote from the Matrix Trilogy (Seriously, you should watch these movies. They will change your life!).

“All I Want For My Birthday is a Big Booty Hoe (A Look Back At an Epic Year of Blogging)”

This post was a recap on a year of blogging, they title is a line from the song “Birthday Song” by 2 Chainz.

Bonus

“A Thing Called Love”

This was another blog that focused on my relationship struggles. Though there are many songs with this name, the reference is from one of my favorite DDR songs.

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