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.com, mermaidtalesblog.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!