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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Daily Garnish: The Front Burner Grows Up.

I think it would be an understatement to say that we have had a WILD couple of months over here.  In September, we packed up our life in North Carolina and moved 7 hours away to Virginia.  Once we were unpacked and settled, I worked my butt of to train for a marathon.  But those plans fell apart when I got hit by a car.  Still in a daze from what had happened, I went to Ohio anyways to be a bridesmaid in a family wedding.  The following Thursday, I opened up my email just like I do every day, but this time something quite unexpected was waiting for me…

A pretty scary letter, from some pretty serious lawyers.  Many of you have sounded surprised that I was changing The Front Burner’s name.  “But it’s such a good name!” you say, and you’re right – it’s great name.  So much that someone else decided they own the rights to it.  That’s right friends, yours truly was charged with trademark infringement and trademark dilution.  Scary stuff!

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I was home alone when I got the email.  I was still laid up on crutches at that point, and I couldn’t even pace around the house – I just waited for Casey to come home and then immediately burst into tears.  Then I made a panicked (hysterical) phone call to my best lawyer friend, and so began the most nerve-wracking few weeks of my life.  Since I’ve had time to get used to all of this, but you guys are just now hearing about it, I’m sure you’re as fired up as I was a month ago.  I’ve heard a lot of reactions that go something like…

Who did this?  I’ll kill them!  Are you sure they have a trademark?  You can’t trademark a common phrase – you have to fight this!  They don’t have a case against you!

Honestly, I don’t feel like the WHO is very important.  It’s a magazine that I am sure 99% of you have never heard of, and since there is some similarity in our website names, I don’t really feel inclined to send them a single hit of traffic.  Onward and upward, friends.

YES, they do have a trademark for something similar to my website name.  Do I think that the names are similar enough that they have a legitimate case?  Absolutely NOT.  But you know what they do have?  Lawyers.  Expensive, suit-wearing lawyers (who were definitely not bluffing).  And I don’t.  Trust me, I talked to a few.  With this kind of lawsuit, you have to pay big bucks even if you WIN, and that just wasn’t something I was going to be able to do.

So instead I did a lot of crying.  And I proclaimed that I couldn’t possibly change the name of my website.  That my life was over and I was going to lose everything I had worked so hard to build over the last three years.

And then I got it together.  I decided to move on and move forward.  And you know what?  I got excited.

I had been toying with the idea of changing things up for a while now, and this was the kick in the pants I needed to make it happen.  And let’s be real – who has time for boring lawsuits and lame trademark accusations?  We have VEGETABLES to talk about!

Many of you probably don’t even know that I started out in 2008 by writing a totally random blog called Marathoning, Marrying, and Milestones – worst name ever, right?

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But as my life changed, naturally my writing changed too.  And by the time I started culinary school my blog had taken a whole new turn.  (Not to mention I was already married!)  So MMM became The Front Burner, with a terrible self-made header, and a new direction towards writing about food and health.

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Fast forward to the following summer, when the blog finally moved to WordPress and got a professional makeover, bringing us to what would be the final frontier for The Front Burner

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So here we are today, the first day of so many new possibilities.  And while I didn’t quite initiate the change myself, the timing feels right.  I created The Front Burner when I started culinary school, and since then I’ve graduated and moved on towards freelance writing and creating recipes full-time.  I’ve grown up a lot this year, and it makes sense that the site should grow up with me.

It has been six weeks since the lawyer’s letter landed in my inbox, and I spent the first four of those obsessively trying to come up with a new name.  There was a wipe off board full of words and ideas.  There were many many emails to family and friends.  There was even a 4-hour pow-wow with Casey, my mom, and my sisters on my kitchen floor.  And then one day – I finally had it…

Welcome to DAILY GARNISH!

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I’m sure for some of you it will take some getting used to.  After all, The Front Burner was a lot of fun, and like all new things, change can be weird.  But it’s still the same content you are used to – delicious recipes, cooking tips, fitness discussions, and occasional gratuitous pictures of my dogs.  And the layout isn’t really all that different either – I thought I’d ease you guys into it slowly.  :)

Please pardon if there are a few bumps and weird things happening in the first few days – I’m still working through all the kinks that come with moving a 3-year old website.  There is also more fun to look forward to in the coming weeks – I should have a super awesome new Recipe page up soon, packed with all sorts of great searchable features, and yes – printable recipes!

So what’s the new name all about, huh?

The Daily part kind of speaks for itself, but why Garnish?  The Merriam-Webster definition of garnish is “to add touches to” or “to equip with accessories.”  I like to think that that’s exactly what happens here – equipment and accessories for a healthier way of eating and living.  My goal for this site has always been to ultimately make it about YOU guys, not about me.  Everything I cook, and everything I write – I do it with you guys in mind.  Because after all, you make this all possible for me, and I hope that in return you find some garnish that you can use in your own lives.

So that’s it!  Although before we’re done, I have to ask for a few favors.  The old web URL is not going to redirect forever, so in order to keep seeing new posts, you’ll need to update your feeds and Google Readers with the following address:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/DailyGarnish

Also, if you have a link to me on YOUR blog or website – first, of all THANK YOU, and second, please update the link to reflect the new name and new URL – http://www.dailygarnish.com.  Make sure you update your bookmarks too.  I don’t want to lose you guys!

I’ve also started a new Daily Garnish Facebook page, which all the old Front Burner fans will have to re-like (for some reason you can’t change names – had to create a new page).  So if you like getting the blog updates on Facebook, make sure to like the new page!  And of course, keep an eye out for the name switch on Twitter.

One last huge shout-out to the two people that helped me make this whole thing happen, in a ridiculous two-week time frame no less.  Jenna Ebanks from Threee Design Studio is the amazingly talented graphic designer who made my vision come to life.  She was reasonably priced and wonderful to work with.  Ryan Sullivan from Revive My Blog has done all of the behind-the-scenes web work to move all the blog content and make sure I didn’t lose all of you guys in the process (so scary!).  Many many thanks to Jenna and Ryan!

Welcome to Daily Garnish! I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

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Holly     at 11:49 am

Emily, I’m very excited for you and the new blog. Congratulations on the switch and a fresh start!

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Maryann     at 12:36 pm

Emily,
I love your new blog name and the site looks really good and of course it’s a great picture of you. I’ve added it to my favorites and will continue to log in daily as much as possible.
What a Christmas present a new site. It looks very professional and the colors are very earthy.
We missed the snow and that’s okay for now.
Blessings,
Lancaster CO PA Gal

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Amanda     at 1:04 pm

Emily,

I love your ability to see the positive in a freaky situation. You are such a light. Your new site looks awesome. Onward and Upward. You go girl!

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Heather     at 2:08 pm

The site looks great! I loved it before, but this is fun and even more colorful. And bravo on your attitude/eventual response to the email/lawsuit. Ugh to them. You likely have way more fans and reach than they do.
Anyway, congrats and to the moon!

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Miava     at 2:51 pm

Lawyers. *sigh* We’ve seen the whole ” you stole my trademark/name thing a few times. Yep. Changing the name is the best move you could have made even if unfair….And it IS exciting and fun to see the changes ;)

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Emily Malone Reply:

That’s nice to hear from another lawyer. I definitely feel like I made the right decision, and even if I had fought and won, I would have felt it hanging over my head as I moved forward.

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PressureCookerDiaries     at 3:18 pm

That happened with us and another of our blogs. We ended up putting a note in the “about us” page saying we were in no way affiliated with the other book or concept, and that was good enough. You probably could have done something similar as well.

I like the new site. Keep up the fun writing.

P.S. You guys don’t have snow, that’s a dusting!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I wish that would have been enough! This group was not messing around. I had to fight a bit for what I did get to keep!

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PressureCookerDiaries Reply:

Yikes! Well sounds like it was the best thing to get a new site then.

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Charlie     at 6:07 pm

I saw your tweet a while ago asking what would be a great name to replace the front burner and it really intrigued me. Now I understand ;).
Love the new header.

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Gabrielle     at 7:26 pm

I love it, great job! I updated my live bookmark feed for Firefox too.

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Kim     at 8:20 pm

LOVE the new Daily Garnish Emily!
You’ve done a wonderful job!!! :)

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Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly     at 9:16 pm

Oh, Emily, it’s gorgeous! I’m glad it’s been so seamless so far. :-)

I can’t believe they decided to sue a blogger over a name conflict. Seriously? Regardless, I love the new color scheme and can’t wait to see the updates come in!

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em     at 3:22 pm

it looks good! sorry you ran into issues with the other site (which also looked good!) but this is definitely making the most out of the situation and i like your new design :)

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Mary     at 6:58 pm

Emily,
Love your new name and site, way to go. I also love your writing style easy to follow and keep’s my interest. Love the fact that you include pictures of your dogs, shows that you are a caring person. Now for the best gift; something homemade and from the heart, ie: my sister is hoisting Christmas this year, so I purchased a great retro apron for her to ware Christmas day and, wrapped up some homemade jam to go with it.

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Becca     at 4:55 am

Ugh, Emily, I’m so angry with those people! A quick Google search reveals several magazines by that name, so goodness only knows what right they think they have to it. The craziest thing about the American legal system is that if someone decides to sue you and loses, you still have to pay the costs. I say this often, but I am so glad to live where I do!

But onto happier topics – Daily Garnish is a fab name, and I wish you every success with it!

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Melanie     at 11:51 pm

So scary!! But I’m so glad you were able to transfer all of your blog content over to a new layout. I would’ve hated to lose you! Congrats on the new page and I look forward to all your new and fresh ideas!

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Jil B.     at 3:22 pm

The new blog looks fabulous Emily! GREAT JOB!

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Chicago Cuisine Critique     at 1:48 pm

That stinks that you even had to go through all of the trouble. The new site looks wonderful and of course I will still be following along. Congrats on the new name! :)

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 2:33 pm

Wow, I’ve been away from the blog world for awhile I guess! I like the new name and am excited for your new site!!

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Summer     at 10:31 am

Give us this blog, our Daily Garnish…I love it! I know I’m a little late to respond, but I’ve not had access to the Internets. I’ll admit, I was a little curious to find you were changing it (I really liked the old site and header and such), but I think the site looks very classy, very you.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Summer!

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Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com     at 5:53 pm

WOW! That sounds stressful!

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Brad     at 7:16 pm

Wow, just found your site and read this. That’s all I needed to see, I’m subscribing! Thanks for working hard to open people’s eyes. Best of luck!

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www.theevolvinghomemaker.com     at 6:41 pm

WOW. Lame. And great. But still lame. Hope this new change works out for you! We certainly love it!

:)
Jen

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Baking 'n' Books     at 3:00 pm

Love your evolution. I’m really stuck on a name myself. I want to change – but I know it’s hard to keep readers and I’m just a ‘blip’!

What do you mean when you mention the lawyers though?

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