…that virtually anyone can access the internet and see what you post on your blog.
So…if you’re posting a picture of yourself in a bikini (or other revealing pictures or information) on your website, YOU may have good intentions, but some weirdo on the other side of the screen…might NOT.
Just because you don’t post your address on your blog (or blog anonymously!), doesn’t mean someone with a lot of time on their hands can’t track you down.
The internet is full of opportunities, but it can also be scary!
Be careful out there peeps!
Sounds like something inspired this post? What happened?
Did some creepy online dude do something? Details!!
Nope, not from me. The authors of several blogs I read often times post pictures of themselves in bikinis (I know that sounds weird, but it’s somewhat related to their blog) and it just makes me cringe because I am always paranoid about the weirdo on the other side. Perhaps, I’m just jaded. 🙂 he he. Sorry, no drama from me. 🙂
Glad to hear that you are ok.
But seriously, why do you NEED to post a bikini on your blog? Maybe it is a weight loss blog, and then, I guess, we’d all love to see you in your bikini.
But it is pretty scary how people can track people down with the internet…
Definitely a good PSA. I am living proof that if someone wants to find you, they will.
A malicious company found me out and tried to get me fired at work. I had to shut my blog down in June of this year while I figured things out.
There is no anonymity anymore.
Good reminder! 🙂 There are people that I know in real life that know and read my blog. I don’t like it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. Once you decide to start something like a blog, you have to take the good with the bad. And all you can do is protect yourself the best way you know how.
good reminder to everyone for sure. deciding if i wanted my life so public was what took me so long to start blogging in the first place. but like you said – just be careful and hopefully you’ll be ok.
glad nothing happened to you though.
I always shake my head at people’s facebook accounts as well. They list their address, phone#, employer and every other piece of their (what should be) private information!!!!
I completely agree. There is no anonymity on the internet. If someone wants to find out who you are badly enough, they will. I consider myself “semi-” anonymous because there are people who know who I really am.
But even before that, I blog under the policy that even if I were found out tomorrow and my name is attached to the blog for all to see, I won’t get fired, unfriended, dumped, or disowned.
So I don’t blog about anything that I would be ashamed to let my future employer, friends, family, or boyfriend know.
WH – That’s a great policy to have as a blogger. I’ve attempted to have the same policy, but it’s been a learning experience. 😉 Eventually, I plan to come out of anonymous hiding and I need to prepare myself and my writing for that.
Very sharp thinking! Like Carrie, I’m planning to come out of hiding (gradually, but sooner rather than later). I THINK I’m happy with the things I’ve shared, but you can never be too careful.