Last week I wrote a pretty cathartic post on my home blog about an incident that happened to me in 2007.
I contended then, and still do, that my blog idea and name were lifted and used by someone who had prior knowledge of my blog...and had written a fan email with a request for me to give the content (for free) to the Huffington Post.
I felt pretty good after that post. I had finally spoken, out loud, what I had alluded to and danced around for three long years. I named the person - Romi Lasally.
There were lots of comments on that post, and some bridge re-building has begun with some bloggers. I am eternally grateful for that.
I am cross posting the entry I put up today.
Because this just can't continue. It isn't right.
So, after thinking and listening and emailing and talking, I felt better about the situation around True Wife Confessions and the obvious derivation.
I decided to wander over and look at the site...You know, what the heck.
Which is when I saw "Truu Wife Confessions"
Oh Sweet Jeebus. My blood pressure rose dramatically.
But I did nothing at first. I thought. I meandered.
And then I emailed, through the website.
I stated that the title was derivative but for ONE letter, and I wanted it taken down.
Thanks for reaching out Dawn. This vertical has been up on the site for almost 2 years (since I relaunched truuconfessions.com).
Would you have any interest in taking this vertical over and using the confessional on your site and pulling your content into the truu blog?
truuconfessions works on a lifestage model (much like the knot, the nest, etc) and wives was always a category and then its own vertical. Just as the huffingtonpost creates "big news pages" around topics, that's all I did and continue to do with other topics.
I'm sorry for any bad blood in the past - no intention to "plagiarize" as u say. If you'd like to work together on this section (with a fair rev share split) I'd be happy to talk by phone or email.
Um, Hell No? Hell to the Nizzo?
No. I have no interest in partnering with you.
I want you to take it down, regardless of how long it has been up.
Within Minutes, I got this:
Thanks for your quick response.
Sorry. I'm not going to go in and change the infrastructure of my site.
And My final response:
The concept and title is derivative of MY site, which has been in place since 2006.
The is my last request to take down that section. I should, by rights, ask for a portion of your revenue for the entire time you have been using the name. I am not.
Take down Truu Wife Confessions.
Let's see what the next chapter brings.
Updated to add the Contact form for "Truu wife". Feel free to use it - Hell, even if you want to tell Romi that I am a spiteful bitch who should shut up. Just let your voice be heard. I am not being quiet this time around.