What’s In A Name?

A huge thanks to those who checked out my blog on opening day and hi to any former Beckster’s Lab readers – I appreciate yall and hope you stick around!

First I wanted to give a little blogging history so you know where I’m coming from. About 5 years ago I became hooked on food blogs during the time I really started discovering my love for baking and cooking and decided I’d start my own blog to follow my progression in the kitchen. It was called Beckster’s Laboratory because of my nickname Beckster and the fact that the kitchen was my new laboratory to experiment and learn in.

And of course, I liked the punny play on words with the 90’s cartoon Dexter’s Laboratory. (Did anyone else use to watch that show all the time?)


Whether picking the name that your child will have for the rest of their life or choosing a brand name that your product or organization will be identified with – names are important! Something I wanted to mention before diving into other content was my new blog name. Some might be wondering why I chose it and what the heck it even means.

I knew that I wanted to focus on three main subjects: food, faith, and family. The hard part was coming up with a name that embodied these themes and had a special meaning for me too. I really like the Latin word “dulcis”  which means sweet. In fact, if I am ever to open a bake shop (a lofty future dream) that’s what I’d name it. After brainstorming and running with that word, I thought of how it could apply to more than just sugary baked goods. Sure cupcakes are sweet. But life is also sweet. Though it can have it’s bitter and unsavory moments too, family, friends, and faith add so much sweetness and goodness to life. So that’s how I came to love the simple name “Vita Dulcis”, which means “Sweet Life”.

Plus, I just like Latin and singing the Salve Regina which is how I first came to know and love the word “dulcis”!

Also, I’ve been asked why I felt the need to create a whole new blog instead of just revamping Beckster’s Laboratory. To be honest, it just didn’t feel right. Beckster’s Lab was meant to be a food blog and I wanted to keep the integrity of that for readers. I remember after visiting Italy last year, I wanted to write all about things like the adventures we had and the beautiful churches we saw. But writing about anything other than the awesome food we ate felt weird in that context. While some people might have cared about those other things and sure, it could’ve been used in ways to evangelize, it just didn’t feel like the right move. I’ve seen food bloggers get huge backlash for their blogs turning into more of a mom blog or a faith blog as they progress because that’s not what followers signed up for. While I don’t know if that would’ve really happened with Beckster’s Lab, I really just wanted a fresh start with a new name and an environment where I could write about anything I wanted.

So here I am, fresh and ready to go. What’s in a name? This blog by any other name wouldn’t be as sweet! (see what I did there?) 🙂


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