Because this site is all about the shoes, and I don’t want to tresspass on your goodwill much more than I already have, I’m not going to say much more about the ongoing trademark dispute we’re engaged in with the owner of the shoeper-woman.com domain, other than to let you know that the issue is now in the hands of our lawyers, and I will, of course, keep you all updated.
For now, though, this post has nothing at all to do with the dispute itself, and instead is all about you. And you know, this is a hard one to write, because “thank you” seems inadequate for what I want to say to you all. Last week was a hard one for us, to put it lightly, and by the time I posted my annoucnement on Friday, Terry and I already knew we were facing what seemed likely to be a lengthy, stressful and expensive legal battle to retain the rights to our name. Quite simply, we would not have been able to deal with this horrible situation had it not been for the outpouring of support we received as a result of that post.
In an odd way, as terrible as last Friday was for us, it was also a very positive experience. I have always known how lucky I am to have such wonderful readers and friends, (and I really make no distinction between the two) but I think even I underestimated what a strong, supportive community we’ve built up around the Shoeperwoman brand, and in the blogging world as a whole. Messages of support poured in, not only to the comments section here, but but via Twitter, Facebook and email. They’re still coming. At some points last week, I was receiving new messages every few minutes: it was amazing. And humbling.
Some of the people who contacted me were people I already knew, some were complete strangers to me. Many were new to Shoeperwoman itself, having only come across the site via a link on Twitter or elsewhere, read the post, and decided to speak up and offer their support. I was completely overwhelmed by it, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much it meant to Terry and I. At our lowest ebb, we would read your messages again, and feel very, very lucky to be part of this amazing community. Your messages were thoughtful, reasonable, and full of support and kindness. Even the few people who didn’t feel able to support us expressed their opinions respectfully and politely (with the single exception of the personal attack from the other site owner’s sister), which is the most I can ask for. I am so proud of this community. (Special mention here to Caveat Calcei, for being a true Shoeperhero: if you don’t already read her blog, do it!)
I’ve tried my very best to keep up with all of the blog posts, tweets, comments and messages you’ve taken the time to send me, but at some point on Friday afternoon I realised that there were just too many of them for me to be able to respond to each one all individually, which is what I’d really like to do, if I had the time. (Actually, what I’d REALLY like to do is hug you all. And maybe buy you shoes. Or wine. Or, you know, anything.) As that’s probably not going to be possible – or at least not at the moment, while we have so much to deal with – I hope this post will suffice for the time being. And as I said, above, I know “thank you” is inadequate, but I’m going to say it anyway:
THANK YOU. You’ve helped prove to us that there are more good guys out there than “bad” ones. We owe you, big time.
P.S. I’ve tried to link back to everyone who posted about this issue in the list below, but I realise there are many, many posts that I haven’t seen yet (and that’s to say nothing of all of the tweets and other messages) so if yours is one of them and it’s not on this list, please know that it’s not a deliberate omission, and feel free to leave your link in the comments so I can add it as soon as possible.
SUPPORT FOR SHOEPERWOMAN.COM:
(in no particular order)
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