The GrayFly Group

A behind-the-scenes look at The GrayFly Group, a group of lifestyle blogs. These sites include GoodKidsClothes.com (kids style and family life), FlipFall.com (life tips for women, men, and teens), SeaFlood.com (gaming) and Purely.space (web development).

Site profile: Gamertag generator

This is a profile of our site OverTwo.com, a generator of gamertags. It can be difficult to come up with a good gaming username on the spot, so to solve this problem we created this gamertag generator.

Word selection

The website generates 3 usernames each time, with a "Generate New" button to re-generate. All of the words used in the gamertags were hand-selected to be upbeat, gaming-oriented, and suitable for all ages and genders. In addition, many of the words are not ones that would spring to mind as quickly, making the resultant gamertag less likely to be already taken in your gaming system of choice.

It is theoretically possible that the generator can come up with two identical gamertags within the same set of 3, but it is not very likely to happen given how many words are in the available word lists.

In addition to gamer tags, the generated items work equally well as usernames for forums or other purposes.

Colors and art

The background artwork was purchased from a stock photo site.

The colors of the website were selected to be be a good fit with the background artwork without being an exact color match.

We created the logo artwork for Overtwo ourselves.

Conclusion

Overtwo is the place to go for the best gamertags.

Our business logo, and why we had a child pick the final version

Our current business logo

Our business logo, as you can see, is a gray fly surrounded by the letter "G" in black.

Originally our logo was just the fly, but that didn't look so pretty. But it still needed to be straightforward, so in 2021 I had the idea to surround the fly with the letter G. The big question was, which font? Since our biggest niche is lifestyle and family life blogs, the font needed to represent that well. I created a shortlist of 3 logos, where the only difference was the font of the letter G.

Why we trusted a child to pick out the final version of our logo

Eager to press ahead with the final logo, I asked my elementary school age son which he thought was best, with the theory that being a kid, he hopefully wouldn't over-think this. Indeed, he pointed straight to the one you see on our home page. This was actually not my personal top favorite at the time, but I asked him why he liked it best. He replied that the other G's I had were too handwriting-y and loop-y, so it was hard to tell that they were G's and not squiggles. That was an incredibly good answer, so we adopted it as the logo immediately.

Moral of the story: if you want to pick a visual from a shortlist, ask a kid.

Where did the image of the fly come from?

The best way to ensure you have a legal and original image is to create it yourself. This is how we got the fly. Many many years ago, when I first started this business, I spotted a fly on some light mulch in the garden and took a photo of it. I then isolated it against a white background using image processing software. And that's how our fly image was created.

Introduction

Hello from the GrayFly Group! First of all, it's a group of blogs, not a group of people. I'll be covering some fun, behind-the-scenes things. First a little introduction.

The GrayFly Group is the registered DBA (trade name) for GrayFly Stationery, LLC, a limited liability business registered in the state of Kentucky, USA. That's right - it started off as a stationery company but eventually expanded into website design and more.

Fun fact: There is only 1 person managing all this.

In subsequent posts we'll cover topics such as how was our logo created? And why did we trust an elementary school age child to pick our final logo from our shortlist of 3 logos?

For now though, have a great rest of your day!