Friday, September 12, 2014

See ya, Álainn.

 Hey hey hey! It's me. Hannah from what-used-to-belainn. 

 So, you know what are unquestionably confusing and maybe a little irritating? Blog name changes. But do you know what are unquestionably necessary sometimes? Blog name changes.

This is my third name change. It would be awesome if it were my last, but don't count on it. I'm sooo changeable.

Some of you may not have been around to remember it, but my blog started off as "IrishGirl". I called it that because I was a total American Girl fan and my blog was primarily about that. Even after the American Girl days were over, I kept the name because "Hey! I'm still Irish (well, kinda) and I'm a girl, so why not!". But it was kinda lame so I changed it to Álainn a while ago.

 I liked Álainn because it was a) an Irish word, so it still was a nod towards where I live and b) it meant "lovely" or "beautiful", which are words I love and use an awful lot.

 But it's time for Álainn to go as well, because a) It has a confusing pronunciation (apparently you're supposed to say "a-lish"? I know, I never called it that either) and b) The fada (the thing above the first A) is annoying. I have to copy and paste it from google every time I need to type it. Lame-sauce. Also, I feel like I've outgrown it. I needed something new and exciting.

 The title "The Daisy Tree" seems to fit better than the other two ever did. It's from a Robert Louis Stevenson poem, about someone dreaming about being in a fairy land where the daisies are like trees.

When at home alone I sit
And am very tired of it,
I have just to shut my eyes
To go sailing through the skies-
To go sailing far away
To the pleasant Land of Play;
To the fairy land afar
Where the Little People are;
Where the clover-tops are trees,
And the rain-pools are the seas,
And the leaves, like little ships,
Sail about on tiny trips;
And above the Daisy tree
     Through the grasses,
High o'erhead the Bumble Bee
     Hums and passes.

So. Welcome to The Daisy Tree.



  1. I love the new name! To be honest, for a while there, I just assumed Alainn was YOUR name, lol. So I prefer this :)

    1. Thank you!! And oh...good point! Yet another reason why a name change was needed :)

  2. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Janeite Tag. And what an awesome blog name!

  3. You probably don't know this, but I actually first found your blog waaay back when it was IrishGirl. For some reason I didn't follow, but later I found it again when it was Alainn. I'm so excited to see The Daisy Tree bloom! My blog is also going through some pretty ridiculous construction too, so I totally understand your reasons for changing a bit. I never like it when blog names change, especially my own blogs, but sometimes they just have to happen. Can't wait to read future posts on this lovely blog.

    1. Hannah! You did? Awesome - you've been around a while! :) And thank you!

  4. GAAAH, HANNAH I LOVE THE NEW NAME! It's awesome sauce. The new header is so classy and pretty too, you did a lovely job. Is the poem Irish? I totally love it

    1. Aww thank you, Katie! The author of the poem was Scottish, actually - so pretty close :D

  5. I like it, too!! And good on you for changing it! It's seriously hard to think up good name changes, isn't it? And I always get confused when blogs do change the name, buuuut then I got super attached to the new one and wouldn't want it any other way. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Cait!! It *is* hard to think of a new name! My siblings helped me come up a new one. Well, my brothers weren't much help. On of them suggested I call it "I'm Batman". :O

  6. I. Love. This. So much! Such a cool name!! :) and the new design!!

  7. Although I'm sad to see Alainn go... totally lovin' the new one, especially if it comes from the works of RLS. :)

  8. Love the new name, girl! Your blog is lovely. (And I totally get the name changing thing.)

  9. I love the new name, it has a nice ring to it! Did you lose all your followers when you changed it because I recently changed mine and I've lost all mine? x