Well, the story has to go somewhere, right? It’s been awhile since I mentioned anything more on the “blogging drama”. If you didn’t read the first post, you can start HERE. It’s a pretty good one. Not really, but let’s get on with the story shall we?
I caved…after a lot of thought, a lot of research, even after seeking actual legal advice…I still decided to caved. I have a relative who works in the trademarking department. She was sweet enough to jump in and help me with this whole mess. An attorney who works in her office reviewed my case for her…for me…and you know what the verdict was? That legally, this other Earth Mama…has NOTHING! She has no right what so ever to ask me to change my blog name…and definitely does NOT have any right to go out of her way to harass people through my blog! Then why did I cave? Why did I change my blog name? I guess I could just say my heart is too big. I don’t want to fight, I don’t want to be threatened, and above all I don’t want my sponsors or readers bothered by all this jazz. I want peace…hear that crazy Earth Mama lady? It’s something we should all be striving for…peace and harmony.
I weighed it out in my mind for two weeks. You see, I could continue to keep my blog name, Earth Mama 101. I could continue to blog and own the domain that I bought, www.earthmama101.com. I could continue to refer to myself as Earth Mama 101 on ravlery, and flickr, and twitter, and everywhere else I have been using that name for almost ten…count them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years. However, sometimes a fight is just a fight, and whether you win or lose…you still lose in the end, which makes it not so much fun to even think about fighting in the first place. Make sense? I’ve kinda learned that over and over in my life. You seek justice. You seek the right to be seen and heard and understood…yet in the end it’s like there’s all these rules or laws or people that basically just say… we don’t really care about what you have to say.
For whatever reason one may wish to speculate, this other Earth Mama wants the words Earth and Mama all to herself. She wants to knock everyone else out of her way so that when people google “Earth Mama” it’s just her who turns up. As for me…standing my ground and knowing my rights, has pissed her off. Hence the threats going beyond me to some of my sponsors. So if I keep standing strong, I risk the chance of loosing friends that I have grown to care about…and that thought is no fun to me. I risk the chance of this crazy woman taking me to court. And even if I win in the end, since legally I am not doing anything wrong…it would cost me a whole crap load of money that I don’t feel like paying just to fight over some words. Two words that I am compassionate about EARTH and MAMA…two words that mean the complete opposite of fighting in my mind. Two words that I am letting go of.
But after a lot of thought…I’m okay with that. When we moved in March I wondered how I could form my blog into a more all encompassing family view so to speak, to share this journey of ours a little closer. So maybe, just maybe, this was the last push toward bigger and better things. This new blog here literally came together so effortlessly in a matter of two days…and when things happen so easy like that, I really believe it’s a sign that I’m on the right path.
So here I am. It’s still me, Lisa, formerly known as Earth Mama 101. All of the content I have ever written on Earth Mama 101 is still here. But now, as so much of my life has ebbed and flowed and changed over the years that I have been blogging…my blog now reflects that sift and change too. I am in a new place, physically and emotionally. I have grown and learned so much about myself since I first started blogging. Words will always be words. It’s up to us to understand and apply the meanings behind them that we wish to. People however, will always be who they are…individuals. And that is much more powerful then any word(s) could ever offer or label.
So, welcome aboard. Take a look around. I’ll be continuing to do a bit of tweaking here and there. And if you haven’t already, you can jump up and follow me of feedburner and get my posts emailed right to your inbox…or I’ve added a new facebook badge for our little homestead where blog posts will be posted and other random photos and tidbits of farming life. I’d love it if you hoped over and “liked” our facebook page. I think this change will be fun. As always, I’m so happy to have each and everyone of you along for the ride! Have yourself a wonderful Monday and I will be back to posting my Growing Gratitude posts next Monday.