It never occurred to me until a demo friend of mine asked what ‘Pootle’ was or rather, what it meant, that I’d never actually explained.
Well, when I decided to ‘set up shop’ with a blog for my papercrafting, I couldn’t use my real name, Sam Hammond Donald. I’ve been a makeup artist and beauty writer working in the cosmetics industry online for nearly 13 years, and as such, I use my own name for my makeup website, and it’s also attached to my other makeup websites. Using it, even slightly, in the name of my blog would mean that I was trying to compete with myself for Google ranking!
Not perhaps the smartest move….
So I decided I needed a ‘brand name’ to work with. And a dear friend of mine, Rachael has a skincare brand that has an unusual name; MyRoo. I asked her once where the name came from, and it is her husband’s nickname for her, and many years before she started her skincare company, he’d bought the domain name for her (awwww, and I wonder if he does training courses for other husbands…?)
Well, I love her ‘back story’ and wanted something similar, but I didn’t really fancy calling my website Babycakes. Okay, now you know the secret, and you in the back, yes you sniggering, enough, or you’re out!
Anyway, Babycakes wasn’t really appropriate, so I went further back in my own personal timeline and remembered the nicknames my Mum and Dad had for me. Dad used to call me Piccalilli, but given that I’ve just had to spell check the word myself, that also got ruled out.
But Mum, well she’s called me Pootle for as long as I can remember. Occasionally she’ll call me that now, often if I’m not very well, and it’s always a name filled with love.
For those that don’t know though, Pootle was a character in a TV show in the 70s and 80s called the Flumps. It was adorable; a family of fluffy creatures – Grandpa, Mum, Dad, and then siblings Perkin, Posie and Pootle. Interestingly Pootle was a boy, but we’ll gloss over that…
But it was a time of innocence and gentleness, and the name for me, makes me feel relaxed and ‘at home’.
And it became my new Brand Name. I love it, it works for me. I have slightly changed it, by adding the S to the end. I’m not Pootle, Pootle is an icon. I’m just a girl with a blog and papercraft business and a Mum with a penchant for quirky nicknames…
However, Rachael herself told me that ‘to pootle’ is “To wander or ramble in a leisurely or indirect manner” which I also rather like! I hope that people who visit my blog enjoy wandering around, picking up ideas here and there along the way.
So, that’s who Pootle was, and who Pootles is!
I hope you’ll enjoy pootling about my blog, and that if anyone else fancies sharing a childhood nickname, I’d love to hear them.