A comment from yesterday's post asked if I knew about the scandalous debacle about trademarking Urban Homesteader and Urban Homesteading. I do know about this such debacle. I will try to keep this short.
A family in California wants to trademark the words "urban homesteader" and "urban homesteading." Right now, as I understand it, they hold a supplemental trademark. This means they have a certain amount of time to prove that their use of the words is exclusive to only them. Meaning, all of us other urban homesteaders don't use those words. This is ridiculous. I wrote that it was a fluid and everchanging movement and trying to narrow it down so finitely is a disservice and rather insulting to the rest of us.
Yesterday was the day many, maybe thousands, of people peppered Facebook, Twitter, and their blogs with those words. One part was to post your visitor tally prior to your post and then after your post. My visitor tally for yesterday was 112. You'll be surprised to hear that once again 90% of the visitors were actually looking at the post about henna in my hair.
The other thing I was trying to accomplish with my post was to not specifically say why I was writing the post that way. I wanted it to look commonplace and not give exclusivity to the trademark seeking louts. For me, if I wrote it saying, "I'm writing this because of that family," then it gives them exclusivity and wouldn't show generic usage.
So if I get a letter in the mail saying I should stop using those words I will show it to you.
Today was Day 2 of No Poo Hair. I'm doing rather well. Last night I washed my hair with conditioner only. Here's my pic. I wore it up today because I just do that a lot anyway. It looks and feels fine. I'm not surprised. I have a feeling the real test of sticking it out is in another day or two.