Have you ever wondered why my internet self has the name “whitegirlroadtrip?” I’m sure at least one of you has, and you are the person that I’ve written this post is for! Also, to be super honest with you, I’m running out of Blogtober ideas… But really, that’s neither here nor there. Offering an explanation is always a good idea. Right? Sure, let’s go with that.
Back in 2013, I wrote a post explaining the meaning behind the name thisISmyrealhair and it was a pretty popular post. I also find that it’s always entertaining to look at embarrassing photos of me with crazy hair.
October 29th: The Story/Meaning Behind My Blog Name
(Read the original Blogtober 2014 post here!)
The way that I look at it, the name whitegirlroadtrip breaks up into two different halves: white girl and road trip. And, obviously, each half has its own reason and meaning behind it. So, that’s exactly how I’m going to try to explain it.
Let’s start with “road trip.”
I know that it seems illogical, seeing as it’s the second part of the name, but it’s all going to make sense in the end… Maybe. It’s going to make as much sense as it possibly can, seeing as I’ll still be the person explaining it.
At the time that I created “whitegirlroadtrip,” my life was pretty much a really long, no end in sight, road trip (it still is). Originally, the name was just for Instagram, but it has obviously grown from there. I wanted something that would quickly express that my account offers a travel theme. But, I also didn’t want to use any of the most common terms: wandering, wanderlust, fucking travel.
I choose to believe that “road trip” gets the idea across that the content I share is travel related and that the location will frequently change, and that it is still somehow creative. I’m probably living in a fantasy land of unicorns and rainbows, but I’m enjoying it.
Now onto “white girl.”
Alright, so, in my mind, “white girl” is essentially the same thing as “basic.” Thanks to Urban Dictionary, we get a decent picture of what I mean when referring to either of those things.
The reason that this is important is because I didn’t want to put myself into this limited travel content box and regret it later. I wanted to still be able to post things that I enjoy that might not always fit into that theme: food, concerts, drinking, selfies, friends, etc.
I feel like adding the “basic” or “white girl” warning ahead of the travel disclaimer in my title makes it clear that viewers/readers can expect lifestyle content too. Over time, I’ve seen a lot of people grow a following and then have to rebrand because their social media name doesn’t fit their lifestyle anymore. That is a situation that I wanted to avoid and I think I accomplished it… but, I guess only time will tell.
What’s your social media name? Why?