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1. I've seen friends with the same problem- with screen names, email account names, etc. They pick a name that's really meaningful for them at the moment, but then wind up changing the name and changing it again as they change. I'm not saying there's anything wrong about that- but I think with titles people can run into the same problem.
What I did was pick a name that had no meaning to me whatsoever. And yeah, over 13 years later, I'm still using it.
So maybe take all the ideas for titles that you have and mangle them together. Or pick something completely different. Maybe then you won't feel like it's 'wrong' or doesn't suit your content and hence will be less tempted to change it.
2. I've got no problem with it. God knows I've butchered a few songs lyrics for titles and such over the years. :P
1 & 3 - I think you should stick with the same title if you want to continue to write about the same issues, or you should change it if you want to do something different. I usually give a more-or-less determinate character to each title I produce, and that allows me to have different "series" of zines going on at the same time. For instance, Fucus is a comic and illustration zine, my main project, but every once in a while I would release an issue of Manual, my DIY mini-zine, when I've gathered enough texts to fill it. That allows me to write or draw about different things at the same time, and to end a project when I feel it has arrived to a dead end.
If you want to start a new title, do it, but maybe you should consider writing about something different, or changing your point of view. If not, it's going to be the same zine with a different name, which would confuse your readers...
2 - I personally don't like music bands named after other band's songs, I think it's not very original. Maybe you can find an interesting title related to your zine theme, your character or something you like very much. Just combine an adjective and a noun, choose a word in a foreign language, look up for words in a dictionary, invent a word that only you know the meaning of, try to formulate an unnamed feeling (happy disgust, etc), describe an anecdote or an important moment of your life, appropriate the nom of an Historical figure, write a word backwards or change the order of the letters, mix up words cut up from a newspaper and take two of them without looking at them (dadaist style)... But all this are only suggestions, so you can do what you like ;)
1. That does not describe me, but I'm sure there are.
2. I'm not a big fan of naming things after songs, but I think the important issue is really just whether it works. Aside from it's connection to the song, is it a good name? Is the reference to the song relevant and meaningful and appropriate to the actual content of the zine? It's also worth considering how a reference to a band will affect the audience's opinion of something. If I recognize a reference to something I don't like in the title of something, I'm a lot less likely to look at it.
3. Whatever you want.
I like to name things different, too. But, then again I am big into themes and I get carried away with them. I originally did Current Resident as Imaginary Life. So, it was Imaginary Life #2 - current resident. I ended up changing it later, becasue it really was a different zine and it deserved it's own title - and it was confusing.
But, in general. I think sub titling a zine can take care of this. So, your zine would be Maps #2 - Rain also Rises - or whatever it was. I am not saying you have to use Maps, but if you stick with one you can still sub title it other things.
I use the zine Paper Crush like that. I have had 3 issues and two of them had a subtitle.
I think using song lyrics is no problem.
I do think Maps is kind of too short. It feels like it needs something else, like Lost Maps or Reading Maps or whatever....
But, yeah, I agree you need to find a main name and keep on with it. Or if you really don't want to you can make up a press name like I did and always use that. People may learn to look for that.
Hope some of this helps.
Even though I did technically name one of my past zines (Red-Hooded Sweatshirt) after a song, I think the fact that it was also the name of a pretty innocuous/relatable item of clothing kept it from being lumped into the "named after a song" category.
You can name your zine whatever you'd like, but my personal hesitation is that you are forever (or, you know, for the life of your zine) tied to that song/artist. Maybe tomorrow you wake up and can't stand Bjork! Or whatever! The other thing that I think is kind of a bummer is when people won't even pick up a zine called "William It Was Really Nothing" because they hate The Smiths, or "Dog on Wheels" because they hate Belle and Sebastian. Are those the kind of people you want as your readership? Maybe, maybe not. But something to consider. Personally, I am really glad that I never thought to name my zine anything ska-related, because now that doesn't really resonate with me as much as it did when I was 20.
All of that said, I am much more of a fan of really random zine names. Ultraviolet Q-Tips was one I always really liked, because wow, that is so random! See also: Muffin Bones.