A Legal Situation & A New Blog Name

A Legal Situation & A New Blog Name

It feels like the end of an era.

When I started this little blog three and a half years ago, it was a grad school project to document my journey to reconnect with food and find pleasure in the everyday. Wow, this little blog has grown and changed over the years. With my recent migration from Blogger to WordPress this site has continued to grow even more, climbing the search engine rankings and gaining more traffic. I have been so blessed to have you be a part of this journey with me. Whether you are a new reader or a longtime reader, I consider us friends. Thank you, dear friend.

Since we’re friends (and since it involves this blog), I have to fill you in on a situation I’ve been dealing with.  A few weeks ago I received a cease and desist letter from someone regarding the name of my blog because they own a trademark to “For The Love of Food” and asked me to stop using this name. This immediately sent me into a state of panic. This is not what any blogger, website owner, or business owner wants to hear.

In case you don’t know what a C&D letter is, it is basically a formal request to tell you to stop doing something. My cat and I thought we would also help you out with a visual illustration:

A Legal Decision & New Blog Name

A Legal Decision & New Blog Name

I did my research. I talked to family and friends. And then I talked to lawyers. A lot of them. Big, expensive, scary lawyers in Seattle who wanted to construct a big, expensive, scary counter argument back that would allow me to keep my blog name. I thought about it. I thought long and hard. And I realized that the last thing that I wanted was my beautiful little blog, the place that had always been my refuge, to become a battleground. I wouldn’t have it.

After listening to Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map on repeat for three days straight, it was pretty clear to me what felt right: I wanted to change my name. So I found a great lawyer in Oregon and we talked about some options. We laid out some terms and figured out how to proceed forward. I couldn’t have done this without her help.

When you’ve worked your butt off for three and a half years to grow your blog and build a brand, it’s hard to just drop it. I won’t lie, there was a lot of frustration and tears about this.

But I have to look at the beauty in this situation: I get a fresh start. And that can be refreshing, energizing, and inspirational. Although I’m really sad and feel like there is a loss to be mourned here, I’m ecstatic at that thought of moving forward with something that is uniquely my own that no one can ever take away.

After hours and hours and hours of brainstorming and several sleepless nights, I finally found a new blog name. And maybe it’s just because I’m still in a severely sleep-deprived state, but I honestly love it. And it feels so much more true to me.  So here we are.

Welcome to In Sonnet’s Kitchen. I’m so glad you’re here.

A Legal Situation & A New Blog Name

So, now a few logistics:

  • The website will redirect automatically, but please update any bookmarks with the new name and web address (www.insonnetskitchen.com).
  • If you have a link to my blog on your site, first of all, thank you so much (!) and second, please update it with the new name and web address.
  • If you are connected with me on Facebook, you likely have already received an email from Facebook stating that my page is changing its name.  If we’ re not already connected on Facebook, be sure to like the page to get updates!
  • If you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, or receive my weekly newsletter, those accounts are under my name and will stay the same. And if we haven’t already connected on Twitter, Pinterest, or by email … perhaps we should?  :)
  • And, a favor to ask: if you happen to notice broken links or issues with the website, can you leave me a comment or contact me and let me know? Thanks in advance.

I just want to end this with a giant thank you to the community of awesome folks who read this blog, comment, ask questions, share recipes, and generally make my life better every day. You are the reason I have this blog in the first place so from the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

Cheers,

Sonnet Signature

 

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