Simply sharing the (and my) truth with you all, bear with me because this will be a long one. If you can recall on February 17, I wrote a blog about remaining authentic. In that post, I weighed heavily on not sharing what prompted it and opted to go against mentioning the contributing factor at hand.
I didn’t realize how much could change in just two weeks, but things have escalated quickly. In my promise to remain authentic to you all, I’m going to be extremely transparent on what is taking place right now with Simply Sevi and the infringement of my safe space.
Full disclosure, I will provide screenshots and links in regards to the incident at hand. Please do not contact this blogger for any sort of retribution on my behalf. We are all better than that. My main goal is to be transparent and honest, in order to move forward with this situation.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that a person had started to take a few pieces from my blog verbiage and add them to her own site. No big deal, they were just small snippets. What I decided upon is distancing myself from her personally and in the blog world. I also made the decision to write the Authenticity at its Finest post as sort of a “Hey, you can be your own person! You’re great!” After that, I let it go. I deleted this person from my personal Facebook – yes, this person was an acquaintance – and moved forward.
Mind you, I never addressed this person directly in regards to any of this. I didn’t see a need. In moving forward, I made a mental note to just keep a close eye on this person. Little did I know what I was in store for.
Simply Too Similar
On February 27, I went for a courtesy check, since it had been a little over a week since the authentic post. In my Google homepage, her old link was still up (www.acupofsocal.com) and I went to take a look.
This is where things simply get a little too weird and I had to come to terms with addressing it directly. Visiting this person’s blog, I realized that she had revamped her entire site and the look was familiar.
A little too familiar.
All screenshots are taken February 27, 2017. This information may have changed by the publishing of this blog.
Panic and anger instantly set in and I went into scramble mode. Why and how was this happening to me? I am fully aware that I do not own “simply,” various fonts, or topics that I write about in this space. This was just too much of a coincidence to sit back idly. After talking with my close friends and gauging their reactions to this matter, I knew I needed to take further action. They helped me jump into action and I was able to send a preliminary action required communication email (sent February 27 at 4:09PM) to get the ball rolling.
Key points from the email:
This space is my intellectual property which is extremely important and a valuable asset that I am more than prepared to fight for.
Action needed to be taken on her end by March 1, 2017, to remove any trace that may cause confusion of my brand in comparison to hers.
I left it at that.
Simply Sevi launched at the beginning of the year, January 2, 2017, to be exact. The registration on my own domain became active December 30, 2016.
Simply Autumn just posted about their rebrand on February 24, 2017 (as seen below).
Well, Simply Autumn decided to post the following blog Be Original. Be Authentic. on February 28th. A link is provided to give context to see exactly what I am dealing with. Remember, I stated above that I did not mention or contact blogger directly until the email communication above.
Screenshots of Be Original. Be Authentic. post in case it is removed from site.
A few words on Simply Autumn
This has been time-consuming over the last few days. I attempted to solve this civilly with the email asking for action required in removing any traces of my identity from this “blog.” Unfortunately, those actions did not take place. Instead, this blog decided to further infringe upon my authenticity with their own comments on being original and authentic. I’m going to assume this was a nod to my own blog to let me know that they have been paying attention.
I find it heartbreaking that it’s become so hard for one to create their own identity on the internet. It’s quite sad that instead of owning up to taking it too far, this blogger decided that they would just put their own spin on it. This other “blog” is far from simply anything, it’s just plain simple. Thank you for reminding me how easy it can be to cloak a blog in lies and try to cover it up as “inspiration.” It shows what type of person we can easily become and start to feel sorry for.
Where to go with Simply Sevi from here?
Simply Sevi will continue as is. I have full plans to remain authentic and genuine as before. Stay with me. Grow with me. In turn, I want you to know that I value you and the connections we’ve made over these years. From Ware is the Vodka to Simply Sevi, I’ve been offering my quirky personality and meaningful thoughts in this space. This has been a place for all of us to contribute to being better versions of ourselves. Thank you for being here for me in my truth. You guys are the best!