Given the timing [and title] of this post, you may think this has to do with voting. This does take a moment to highlight something that began four years ago, and I hope there will be four more years—and beyond.
But this is about BONJOURYALL.
Four years ago I created and posted my very first blog+post. Simply because I was so intrigued that the presidential candidate I'd voted for had utilized and created accounts on so many tech/social outlets, that it motivated me to figure it out, too. If the President can do it, I can too.
My first blog post here, four years ago was:
A hope for us all: to be better.
And I still have that hope. Always will.
'Hope' is not relegated to a particular party, social class, or nation. Nobody is better than anyone else. So, yes, regardless of the outcome in this very tight election—I like my hopey-changy. And four years ago, the second post, just sayin', was "moving forward." As for that horrible job market and the housing market? This fall, while I completely know we are not 100% there just yet, we are on our way. And I feel extraordinarily blessed and lucky with a new one of each. But this post is much, much more than highlighting a presidential race, or four fun years of blogging. And in my mind, heart, and creative soul, the importance of this news even surpasses the new house and new job.
live in the south of France for a year, and this quirky term combined my southern roots of being raised in Atlanta, and my love of France. And if you've ever received a hand-made greeting card from me, there's a good chance that the back of it looks a little like these. With a "bonjouryall" on it.
In France as you enter a city, the 'welcome' sign indicates its welcome with a red box around it, and the name of the place you are entering in black letters. When you leave, the red box turns into a red slash through the black letters (a bit harsh if you ask me, but it's clear that you are leaving).
Now I'm a creative. Not a lawyer. So after some time passed and I'd been using the logo, had the website, and the term was becoming better-known, I looked into an amazing group up here in DC called WALA for assistance in officially claiming—and registering—this name and mark. I worked on this with them while I continued to freelance, and the process had been nearly a year in the works. I also learned along the way, that you can put a ™ or a © on your work to semi-protect it. But when you officially register it and have the ®, it is yours. Protected.
Now, October has been a ridiculously busy and extraordinarily overwhelming month, but I did recall, in my few remaining brain cells, that the lawyers I'd been working with had indicated we should be wrapped-up in October. So I reached out to them to check in.
I learned that one week ago today, my mark, and the name BONJOURYALL, is now, officially, registered with the federal trademark commission.
So, I enthusiastically 'welcome' you to BONJOURYALL®.
(now stop reading this—and GO VOTE!)