Those of you who follow me on Twitter will recall that a few weeks ago I received a letter from a national organization arguing that my previous blog name was in violation of their registered trademark.
The letter came as an unexpected shock. I was particularly upset by the severity and absurdity of their assertion. Nowhere on my blog have I ever engaged in any form of misrepresentation, merchandising or advertising, let alone that which would relate to, or threaten this national organization. If they had taken the time to read they would have quickly seen that I am a Canadian blogger who writes about my life as a mother and working professional and that I represent only myself. Our identities are in fact, quite distinct.
I did seek legal counsel. I was lucky enough to receive free legal advice from a kind Ottawa lawyer. He provided me with some assurances that I was, in fact, within my rights. I wrote a response establishing that I was in no way representing myself as being associated with their organization and as such there was no infringement claim. I sent the letter just a couple of weeks ago. I’ve heard nothing since.
However, the situation gave me pause for thought. Rather than look at it as an affront, I decided to take it as an opportunity to re-evaluate my blog. When I first started blogging I intended for it to be a private place where I could go to put words to my thoughts. A place where I could indulge in a little self exploration as a new mother. It evolved and became something more. It became a place to share these feelings with others and find support and kindness from others who had similar experiences. It has been cathartic, and extremely gratifying. I discovered it was time to create something that was more a reflection of what I wanted it to be.
So here we are: a new name, a new address, a new purpose. For those of you who read regularly, you won’t notice much difference in content. I’ll write the same kinds of things I always have. But I hope to continue to evolve and grow my blog as I continue my adventure in self discovery. This feels more like a home for who I really am. I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey.