How did we get to calling our website The Longest Hello? It sounds random and a little lost, but the latter is part of finding a name and consequently your identity within it.
Before we launched the website we went into journal entries from the build up to our travels, we asked friends for opinions and looked to the internet to find ideas that went beyond “wander” and “nomad”. Although we are currently living a nomadic lifestyle we are not forever gypsies, and although we are currently wandering about the backroads of the Western US we are not planning to get lost among them, so we didn’t want to stick ourselves into those categories. On top of that we planned a journal format to be honest about the day to day of living on the road rather than where to go and what to see. So naming the website didn’t necessarily need to be travel related or to be logo’d up with trees or road images, though we’d mocked some up during the naming process.
All of that thought brought us back to a little phrase in an early journal entry about the road to our road trip and it ended up on our website in Our Story:
“ That meant quality time to spend with [friends] while we said the longest goodbye ever and then we'd drive on up, stopping at all of our favorite places, to our new life in Oregon. What it really meant was the longest hello when we returned a few months later… “
The notions of never really saying goodbye, that exploring a new friendship or place really begins with a “hello”, and that we would probably never stop being a little adventurous felt right at home with that little phrase that stood out in the beginning: the longest hello.
We liked it, we wondered if it would work, we asked friends about it and then we just kept it. Because we like it.
A name doesn’t have to be perfect. The photo sharing site Flickr didn't register the name with an “e” for whatever reason and now we don’t question it, autocorrect acknowledges it and, even better, we also have Tumblr. Mail Chimp. Why a chimp? Does it matter? We like them.
The Longest Hello is an online journal of our finding new places, making new friends and being humans. We could say its a site dedicated to “discovery. finding purpose. making connection. buzzword!” but we’ve already been through all of that. If anything, this site has shown us our smallness in the world of travelers and online writers and photographers.
So, what’s in a name? Hello. We’re Nick and Laura and we’re taking a long road trip. This is our story.