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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Comments

  1. says

    you know, i was going to ask you about the name change yesterday when i noticed the http was different, but forgot. the name is great, and good for you for figuring out an awesome alternative to “for a love of food”. i think i would feel extremely similar to you if someone told me to change my name. who am i, if not the vegan chickpea? it’s like…part of my being.

  2. says

    I’m really impressed with your attitude about this situation, Sonnet! And I do love the new name-I think it still very accurately portrays the feel of your wonderful blog!

  3. says

    The same thing happened to me and like you, I didn’t want to associate my name with negative fighting. It’s not what I’m about and I’d much rather keep things positive. I’m grateful that it happened to me at the beginning of my journey. I wish you only the best and will continue to enjoy following your blog as “In Sonnet’s Kitchen.” It’s a beautiful name. <3

  4. says

    awww i can’t imagine how hard it must be to hear that! i’m glad you’ve found a new name that you love :) i follow you on bloglovin and i’m updating with the new URL :)) xxxooo

  5. Annie Burke says

    Hey Sonnet,
    I follow you on Pinterest and I love your posts. I’ll be honest your name has always resonated with me and it is the main way I remember your ‘brand’. I think this could be a blessing disguised as a threatening lawsuit. Onwards and upwards. Keep up your lovely work. Peace out from beautiful Ireland xx

  6. says

    Legal stuff is NO fun! I’ve had this happen to me too and its highly frustrating, especially when you’ve done so much to establish the existing brand name. But , then again, change sometimes opens new doors and does create a new start / new beginning, which can be fresh and fun! I think the name you settled on is perfect, because really, the blog is all about you. And no one can take away from that! Congratulations on the new name and the best of luck to you! You made a great choice.

  7. Julie Gerard says

    Wow. You are wonderful and so are your followers. I too will follow you no matter what name you use. I share your recipes with everyone I know. I have even posted your chia pudding recipe on instagram. I will repost with your new name for all to see so they too can enjoy. I can’t wait to see what you will post next. You are always inspirational and your desserts are the best. I too have been faced with this before. I am so sorry that you had to go through it. But, it is always so empowering when you are placed in a difficult situation and are able to make the choices that allow you to be at peace with your true self. You are great.

  8. says

    What a nightmare situation! Sounds like you handled it remarkably well though. Like you say, fresh starts can be wonderful things :)

  9. Lindsay says

    I think you’ve handled this with impressive insight and clarity. It is often so much easier to dig in our heals and be stubborn than it is to step back and ask what matters most to you. I love the new name! After all, Sonnet is such a lovely and unique name, might as well run with it :)

  10. Stephanie says

    Great attitude and congratulations for not being sucked into the litigation nightmare. I like the new name much better!

  11. Pie's mom says

    Good for you for not wasting anymore energy on the ‘little’s stuff. I’ll read you blog under any name! Best of luck

  12. Tara says

    How lovely the way you handled the whole process. I am just grateful that I found your kitchen in the first place. My applause to you and thank you for showing me there can always be a graceful way out of anything if we choose.

  13. says

    That would TERRIFY me! I definitely think changing the name is the best thing to do. All of us love you and will follow you, no matter what the blog is called.

    Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re beautiful and so talented!

    Best wishes!

    Dawn

  14. juniorsheppard says

    Wondered what happened to your blog! So glad you’re back…..after all…..YOU are the reason I tried and now LOVE kale! Welcome back and best of luck!

  15. says

    I’m sorry this happened to you, but you know what? I love the new name. And a fresh start is always nice! I changed the name of my blog a year and a half ago and the transition was much more seamless than a lot of people make it out to be. So no worries! And good luck! :)

  16. Carol W says

    I just discovered and loved your blog site – and recommended it to others after my new zucchini spiralizer was delivered to my office. Although new to your site, I too felt sad about the change in name BUT kudos to you for staying positive and witty (love the cat photos) and not getting into a legal tango. I love the new name! Thank you for your great posts.

  17. Aimee says

    I too was wondering why your blog name changed! Love the new name though and I totally agree with your decision to not fight it. It is a great new start! :)

  18. Tina says

    Let me first say…I’m new to your blog. I absolutely love the uniqueness of the new name and feel that it’s what was intended to be! Your kitty ‘Frodo’, reminds me so much of my precious Peek-a-boo who succumbed to kidney failure earlier this year. I wish you continued success with your new name change and beautiful blog.

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