Friday, October 11, 2013

The Tale of a Mermaid, Blog


You may have noticed some changes around here. The biggest of all being the change in the name of this blog. Of course there's a story about that, but I'll try to tell the short version. So here it is...

I started calling my little piece of the internet The Mermaid Chronicles the night I was in Scott's old apartment in Mission Beach sitting on "the green couch" (given its name because of the color, infamous because it was found in an alley and had often been slept on by random people from the bar across the street). The year was 2009 and there was just about one website on pretty much the entire internet that had women's surf content. The problem was, the website was updated so infrequently that I was always left wanting more. More videos, more pictures, more stories from other girls like me having adventures at sea. One day I grew tired of waiting and decided that I was complaining about something I had control over. I could make a website about surfing if I really wanted to. I had been keeping a physical surf journal for years. 

What would I call it? Was the next (really exciting) question I asked myself on that cold night in March sitting on that green couch (in hindsight, I probably should have wiped that dirty thing down before choosing it as the spot where I would put my dreams into action). It was going to be a mermaid diary of sorts and after looking up diary in the thesaurus I settled on the word chronicle. I liked the sound. So The Mermaid Chronicles it was and The Mermaid Chronicles it remained until Wednesday morning.

Changing the name wasn't something I ever thought about doing. If you've been visiting me here for a while, you know I'm not wild about change. In fact, change has the tendency to make me rather anxious. But at the end of the day, the title is just a title while the story stays the same: girl seeks sea, girl tells tales. However, at the end of one particular day that girl got an email from another mermaid who happened to have a lawyer. Because of a trademark situation, I was being asked to change the name of the blog. Did I have to? According to some friends in the know, not without a real lawsuit (one that would cost tons of money and might not stand a chance in court). Was I going to? I wasn't sure. 

Similar to that night in March four years earlier, I sat on the couch with Scott and my dad thinking up new names. There were a lot of titles thrown around, but the one that stuck with me most was The Tale of a Mermaid. If I had thought of it four years earlier I probably would have stuck with it then and there, but it ended up coming to me in the round about way things sometimes do.

I've been thinking about this name change for about three months now. I had sent out a few e-mails to graphic artists and web builders who could hopefully help me with my vision for the banner, but I grew tired waiting for responses. This was something I could do if I really wanted to. I had done it before. Doing things I put my mind to is one of the main mottos of this blog. I hope. And so I did. 

And that's the story of the name change, in case you were wondering (and that's the green couch below, in case you were wondering. Doesn't it actually look more blue than green? That's a debate I've never won). 

+ Can you still visit the site through its old addresses- www.themermaidchronicles.com and http://www.themermaidchronicles.blogspot.com? Yes! And you can visit it at thetaleofamermaid.commermaidtalesblog.com and devondemint.com too if you like (I wanted to cover a few more bases). You shouldn't have to change any bookmarks.

+ If you need help making your own blog banner or changing the name of your blog from your .blogspot address to a .com address here are some links I've found extremely helpful: 


+ Want more women's surf content? Check out Jetty Girl. It's an awesome resource (one I wish I would have known about years ago).

++Oh, and one final thing (while we're on the subject of change). I am now responding to comments within the comment form below as opposed to via email. How is this working for you? Is it easy to come back and check for my response (if you choose to)? I want you all to know I value you and your comments very much and I will make every effort to respond to them. It's important to me.

Last but not least, have a great weekend and thanks for reading! 

32 comments:

  1. I'm loving the new look and name! It still has the same feel as "The Mermaid Chronicles". Great job on making the new banner yourself :)

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    1. Thanks Setarra! That's what I was going for. I still want it to have the same feel as before because nothing about the content is changing.

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  2. I like your new site name. Bummer, though, about having to change it. Your blog is always interesting reading to me -- love reading about the west coast and San Diego. And love seeing your posts on home renovations -- what a cool house you have!

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    1. Hey Ann! I'm so glad you enjoy the renovation posts. I really love home that stuff too so I love sharing the little projects we do when I can. Thanks so much for your sweet words.

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  3. I love the new name! And the banner is absolutely awesome! Something I could NEVER do myself! Props to you!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Never say never...actually I think I did, but then I just tried it and it wasn't nearly as overwhelming as I thought it would be. Photoshop is a tricky (complex) program though, I will say that.

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  4. Love this, Devon!!! You did an awesome job on the banner, and I love the whole look and feel of it. Congrats on the debut- it's awesome, and I love the name:) have a great weekend!

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    1. thanks girl :). I hope you have a good weekend too.

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  5. beautiful, I love the change! I've been thinking of making some of my own tweaks too but it's intimidating.....you've inspired me!

    http://6000milestohome.blogspot.com

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    1. It is intimidating. I told myself I couldn't do it at least 87 times.

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  6. I'm loving the look of your blog now, and the new name is wonderful. Funnily enough I was thinking of emailing replies to comments on my blog instead of replying in the comments section, so I'd be interested to know how you find the change. I must admit I don't always go back to comments and look at them, and I did really enjoy the emails. But I shall definitely check back through your comments now. Hope you both have a lovely weekend Devon.

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    1. It's a tough call! I just changed over because so many more people were using accounts like Google + you couldn't reply to via email. I didn't want to 1/2 reply via email and 1/2 respond in the comment form because it just felt too unorganized in my brain and I was worried I miss some (because I probably would have). So, I settled on this. I do love the email conversations though. I think I will still use that option sometimes :) Hope you have a lovely weekend too CJ.

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    2. That's useful to know - I didn't realise it's not possible to respond to everyone via email. I think I will stick to commenting in the comments section for the same reason.

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  7. I love your blog! The new look is great! Check out these blogs as well -----> http://seakin.wordpress.com/ and http://seeababes.blogspot.com/ are two other great blogs centered around women's surfing :)

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  8. Who does that girl think she is? Threatening to sue people in the blogging community makes me think she's missing the point. I will follow you no matter what you call your blog. You are the real mermaid, or at least the kind I want to be around.

    ~tierry

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    1. Thanks for coming along for the ride :)

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  9. Whoa, don't like the approach by email telling you should change but you acted very cool and found cool name for your blog!
    Love it! And your blog, forever. I'm just cathing up since I took little bit break from reading blogs.
    xx Sini

    Ps. i'm here now http://siniann.tumblr.com/

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    1. Hi Sini! I definitely have to check out your new site. Thanks for the support. I think you've been reading since almost the beginning.

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  10. Happy semi-blog (re?)birthday! I love joining you on your surf-life journey and thank you for sharing it :)

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    1. ha! That's a good way to think of it! Thanks Deirdre :)

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  11. Hope you're content with your decision. Sometimes it's nice to embrace the change versus fighting and fighting it (which would be my initial reaction..haha.) We all still love you and will follow you under any name! Also, Jeff has had great success with graphic design through http://fiverr.com/

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    1. I think I am and I think you're right. It's better to just embrace change. Thanks for the link. It's always good to know a few good people who can help if you need it.

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  12. I love the new name. :) Change can be a good thing.

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  13. I love the new name and the look. I love the story though too of how you came up with the original name (and the couch does look more blue-green to me than green). But change is good. It's a new chapter!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I like thinking of it as a new chapter. That's a great way of putting it :)

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  14. Loving this new look, Devon! So original and true to self. I've nominated you for "The Sunshine Award" on my blog today and would love if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions I've posted and even possibly tag 3 more bloggers to participate! Thanks for all the inspiration you spread amongst the blog world...even to little ol' me here on the east coast:)

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  15. Congrats on the relaunch and thank you for the Jettygirl shoot out! Your years of support have been much appreciated, Devon. I'm sorry to hear you had to go through the hassle of a blog name change, but the name isn't as important as all the heart you continue to pour into your project. We're fans and we'll do whatever we can to send more fans your way :)

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    1. And btw, that was a thank you for the SHOUT out, not "shoot out." Haha!

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  16. Congrats on the change, Devon! Feel free to ignore this question if you legally can't answer or don't feel comfortable, but I was just wondering whether the person who requested you change your blog name had had her blog longer than you? Just curious. I kind of like legal stuff.

    P.S. That couch is TOTALLY blue.

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