is now Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen! came into existence in 2001 when my Veggieguy said, “You should have a website to help people go vegan. What do you want to call it?” I shrugged and said, “I don’t know. Veggiegirl?”, because that was the first thing that came to mind.

At the time there weren’t very many vegan websites out in cyberspace, and few people were blogging. There certainly wasn’t a Facebook, there was no Twitter, no Pinterest, and definitely no Instagram. It was a time when people were still afraid to use their real name online, so I didn’t even have “Dianne” in my email address. My website had recipes, reasons to go vegan, and tips on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, as well lists of books to read and other websites to visit. The blog was added later, and, then my health coaching practice was tacked on after I began working with clients.

The most recent version of was designed several years ago, when WordPress themes had no need to worry about being smart phone friendly, and it was difficult to read on iPhones and iPads (I’m sure it was difficult to read on other mobile devices too, but I’m a Mac girl so I never checked), so the site has been long overdue for a redesign. Information on going vegan is all over the place now, and it seemed that the info I had on wasn’t really necessary. Books are being written faster than I can read them, and websites are popping up so quickly that I can’t keep track of them, so I’ve decided to eliminate those pages. The new site has the same look as the old one mainly because I have hundreds of business cards and brochures that are designed to look like, and I don’t want to throw them away.

I’ve noticed over the past few years that there are many, many vegan females who call themselves Veggiegirl. It first came to my attention about 10 years ago when I started receiving email requests for samples of my cosmetics. A Google search revealed that Veggiegirl cosmetics was indeed a thing, but I couldn’t find a website or contact info. When Facebook became popular and its users were allowed to pick their own URL, I missed getting by seconds, and had to with (The HHC is for Holistic Health Coach, in case you’re wondering.) I’ve learned that whenever a new social networking site pops up, I have to sign up immediately, or the name Veggiegirl will be taken, and my friends and colleagues will be forever tagging someone who’s not me. I’m constantly trying to come up with create user names like TheRealVeggiegirl and VeggiegirlDianne in order to use my website name for social networking.

Several years ago I set up a Google alert for “Veggiegirl”, and while I get alerts weekly, they are rarely about me, as many people have started to incorporate “Veggiegirl” into their website name. (I’m assuming they wanted the URL and since it was taken they decided to get creative with it, in the same way I do on social media.)

Rather than fight the Veggiegirl trend, I’ve decided to give in and let the others have the name. I’m now in a stage of my health coaching career and blogging life where I’d rather have people know who I am than use a vague veggie-friendly pseudonym. I’m 13 years older, and I don’t really refer to myself as “a girl” anymore, so the name no longer seems to fit. (And honestly, I hate going to vegan events and hearing people shout out “hey, Veggiegirl is here!)

So is now Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. I’m holding on to the Veggiegirl URL for now, and anyone trying to reach the old site will be rerouted to the new one. Welcome to my new website!