Tuesday, May 8, 2012
thinking out loud
I got a message today, one of those strongly worded messages with the words "attorney" that make your heart beat fast and your stomach flip-flop. I was just sitting at the table with my sweet baby, drinking my coffee, checking my emails (and Instagram) on my phone and BAM! out of the blue, on top of everything else right now, I get this. My Facebook page's name is too close to hers, I'm interfering with her search results on Google, she's worked too hard for the last five years to have someone new come and interfere with her search rankings. Never mind that we offer completely different services at totally opposite ends of the country and that there is no possible way I can steal clients from her. Never mind that there are a bazillion photographers with the word Violet in their names.
I dropped "design" from the subtitle of my Facebook page and blog (and will change my header accordingly) I haven't been doing any designing lately anyway, not the way I'd hoped I would at the beginning of the year. I'm tempted to just go back to my old Simplicity blog with my 400 FB followers and 800 GFC fans - I'm not gonna lie to you, it feels nice to have a lot of followers and it's humbling to start back at square one with no time and less money. Or maybe I should move on to something else? I don't like the idea of changing names again and I really don't like the idea of migrating my business to my name but it seems like an inevitability.
I'm standing on the line between sad and mad. Sad because I have worked hard at blogging, photography and offering classes and it's tough balancing home and "work" and tough that work is just "work" at the moment and not the thing it was before I got pregnant. Mad because I feel like this other photographer is being petty and that a better way to resolve the conflict of someone having a similar name as yours is to just be better than they are and blow them out of the water with your awesomeness. Not send threatening messages to try to make them compete less for clients that aren't even in the same market. That is what I'm doing with the photographer who set up her website at pretty much the same time I did and has exactly the same name as I do but she has a different market, so I'm cool with it.
So this is just me... thinking out loud.
Good grief, I'm turning into my mother.
(Love you mom)