I’m sure that some of you are wondering about the name of my blog. Let me give you a little background first.
In case you haven’t heard the term before, in the accounting world “Cook the books is an idiom describing fraudulent activities performed by corporations in order to falsify their financial statements.”
In addition, cooking the books now has an alternate meaning related to food blogs. According to this 2008 article from the Wall Street Journal, there is a specific type of food blog that are “cook-through” blogs. Basically, the blogger picks a cookbook and makes everything in it, posting about each recipe as they go. So they quite literally are cooking the book.
When I decided to give blogging a try, my first thought was “I have to have an awesome name that is easy to remember, and represents me well.” So I started writing down ideas. But I soon discovered that picking a blog name was harder than I thought it would be. If I thought of something that might work, I would do a google search and quickly discover that 20 other people had already thought of it.
My ideas were all over the place. “Idahomemade” was one idea. But I felt that if I used that name, that everything I made for Etsy or talked about should be Idaho related. I crossed that off the list. “Czech it out” was another idea, the Czech being a reference to a family member that immigrated to the USA from the Czech Republic many years ago. But that didn’t fit either. I briefly considered “Suzie Homemaker,” but quickly crossed it off the list because the term has been used in such a negative way. At one point I was thinking that “Almost Crafty” would be the name of my blog. In addition to cooking, I would be doing sewing for my Etsy Shop, so it would work, but it didn’t seem to be a perfect fit. I wasn’t excited about the name, and I wanted to be excited. So I kept thinking.
I needed a name that represented me. So I thought to myself “What do I like to do? What will I be talking about on my blog?” I like to cook and bake. I like to garden. I love to read. I have a background in accounting, and felt like I wanted to incorporate that somehow. I decided to poke around on the internet for ideas and ended up scrolling through “accounting humor” products. I saw coffee mugs and t-shirts that said things like “Accountants work their assets off”, “Be Audit you can be” and my personal favorite “No, I will not do your taxes.” And while they made me chuckle, they weren’t giving me any ideas.
I was about try something else when I scrolled down one last time and there it was. An apron with writing across the front that said “Cooking the Books.” A light bulb went off in my head. How had I not thought of it before? Cooking. Check. Books. Check. Accounting reference. Check. Nerdy attempt at humor. Check. It was perfect!
I did a goggle search and realized once again that someone already had a blog called cooking the books. I was so disappointed. I knew I needed to keep thinking.
But I couldn’t stop thinking about cooking the books. So I tried to find something that was related to it. Since cooking the books is sometimes referred to doing creative accounting, I eventually decided I would be the creative Accountant. I didn’t think it was as awesome as cooking the books, but it was awesome adjacent and I decided I could live with it.
So I went on google to set up a new email and tragedy struck. I got an error message that said the name I had chosen wasn’t allowed. Again I was disappointed. But this time I decided I wasn’t going to give up so easily. I had sat down at the computer with the intent to set up my blog and I wasn’t going to walk away from it until I had something. So I tried some different variations. Until finally the words I was waiting to see popped up.
“This username is available.”
I stared at the screen for a while. I had found my blog name, and it wasn’t too far from what I had originally wanted. As a bonus, it rhymed so it would be easy to remember. Cooks My Books. And as they say, the rest is history.
Is this going to be a blog where I pick a cookbook and cook everything in it? Probably not. But I can assure you that if you’ve come to my blog in search of accounting tips to cook your books you are definitely in the wrong place. Because while I consider myself to be a creative accountant, I can assure you that I will notbe doing any creative accounting.