As I mentioned on the FB page and on Twitter, I'm contemplating changing the URL of this blog because "qrratugai" is too difficult to pronounce even for many of my Pashtun readers (it's a Pashto term for "the little ranter," and now the gai ("the little") is finally starting to bug me). It made sense when I first started this blog, back in January 2009, since I didn't think I'd discuss so many serious issues as I do now. But now it doesn't make sense. Even if it did make sense, I'd wanna change it primarily because I want my non-Pashtun readers to be able to spell and pronounce it when they're typing it in the address bar.
BUT! This doesn't mean I'm getting rid of the name "qrratu." I'll always be the only "qrratugai" on the Internet (BIG GRIN), and that will always be special to me :D I'll still always be the only "qrratu" on the Internet, but it's time to move on from "qrratugai" to something more simpler and easier to pronounce and spell.
And another reason I need to replace "qrratugai" with another word in the URL is that it looks like I get a lot of viewers to this blog whenever they're looking for something Pashtun/Pukhtun/Pashto/Pashto-related, and I wonder what they think as soon as they see the URL! ONE another reason is that ... well, I'll be discussing my blog in some academic studies I hope to pursue, and, well, I obviously want people to remember the link and not have to search for it if they need or would like to (re-)visit it.
And yet another reason is that I plan to make this an actual website, with a domain name and all. So I need to make sure I got a good name/word for that link then.
So! I've been getting lots of great suggestions for a new URL, and I'm going to share them here so you guys can vote on which word/phrase you think would make best for the kinda blog this is. I'm most leaning toward the first choice as of now ... what y'all think? I know it's an English phrase, but it doesn't matter to me which language the word/phrase is in as long as it reflects the content and style of my blog.
Here's the list I've gathered thus far. Remember, we're trying to replace "qrratugai" in the original link with any of the following (or any other suggestions).
- freedomFromtheForbidden (title of one of my poems)
- mubariza (mubariza = struggle (feminine))
- sabawun (sabawun = dawn, morning)
- sargardaana (sargardaana = wandering)
- daryaab (daryaab = ocean)
- nawyata (Nawyata= something unavailable or short of stock)
The below ones are taken! But I thank you guys' suggestions anyway :)
Thank you for your feedback!