A few people I read have recently gone private or written about their fears of being found by people who know them In Real Life, as the kids say.
I also started using the new blogger interface, which does not permit you to hide from certain facts about visitors, whereas before my policy has always been to cover my eyes and ears and say la la la about anything to do with page views, reader’s locations, etc. (On the principle that if I respect your privacy you’ll respect mine.)
And I allow anonymous comments because mainly I get nice anonymous people (I love you, Anonymous!), but now and again I get one that’s genuinely mean (what the fuck, Anonymous?). Usually because I’ve been offensive about something or other, as is my way. And I have no plans to water down my opinions…any more that I do already, because for me there’s no point in writing if I can’t be at least a little honest.
Anyhow, these things in combination have made me wonder whether I am the world’s largest moron to be putting my intimate details out there with only the thinnest veil of anonymity to protect me. I mean, I’m basically relying on the kindness of my fellow woman, and on being too boring to attract a lot of readers. It makes me wonder how people get found out. I’ve been in charge of websites and tracking traffic and such before, so I know the obvious stuff, but people getting found out seems to rely on people trying to find people, and I just wonder, who does that? Or maybe it’s just that I don’t read a whole lot of stuff on the internet so I don’t ever accidentally bump into someone who seems eerily familiar…
What do you guys think? Am I going to end up fired (because I call my colleagues assholes), shamed (because my STUDENTS could read about my SEX LIFE), divorced (because my husband could read about my marital frustrations)?