I have heard many a blogger say that blogging fills
a need. While blogging provides a humanizing effect on news and
journaling, it also opens a window into personal lives. The details
shared in blogs were once only available to a select group of friends,
and while blogging has become common place, it has risks that should
not be ignored.
Cyberstalking is a new phenomenon that allows anonymous
online stalkers to prowl for victims. Online bloggers traditionally
provide personal details about their lives. As a result, many women
that blog are becoming victims. Most people are concerned about
children on the Internet and set up rigorous posting guidelines
for children, adolescents, and teenagers, but few adults heed the
warnings and often do not consider that they too can be targeted.
Females, in particular, should be cautious when circumnavigating
the blogosphere. If you are a blogger or contemplating an online
journal, consider these tips to protecting your identity:
Do not have an online profile.
Most blogging services allow bloggers to create an online profile.
While it might be fun to post information about likes and dislikes,
it is best to refrain from posting any personal details. Often,
personal details inadvertently provide insight into physical location
or habits. The aggregate information in a personal profile can also
assist someone interested in pursuing an individual.
Manage your blog anonymously or adopt an alias for all online posting.
This will help protect you in the event that you draw unwanted attention.
Avoid personal or identifying details.
Avoid any personal or identifying details when posting in your blog.
Do not post in advance about locations that you will be or about
areas that you live near.
Refrain from posting a picture. Photos can invite trouble or unwanted
Avoid inappropriate dialogue.
Be careful not to engage in dialogue that could be interpreted in
a way that it was not intended. Sometimes humorous threads can get
out of hand. If the dialogue degrades to an area that makes you
uncomfortable, disengage from the dialogue and refrain from further
posting. Also when making decisions about individuals online, consider
their past posting behavior and attempt to consider their true intentions.
Always remember that just because you do not have a dialogue with
someone does not mean that they are not reading everything that
you write. Many people merely lurk on line and don't engage in comment
posting, but do read what is written. Your audience could be much
larger than you realize.
Internet content is timeless, and keep in mind that even if you
remove content, it might be archived or syndicated. If you do not
want something read, do not post it to the Internet. High Schools,
Colleges and Employers all search the Internet to discern an individuals
history. Sordid details about a late night will not help land a
The internet is a haven for all types of predators.
Always remember that just because someone says something is true,
does not mean that it is. Predators adopt personas of who they think
you want them to be. Just as we provide guidelines to young children,
adults should be wary and take precautions when posting online as
While blogging can be a great outlet and channel,
and in someway immortalizing thoughts, it is important that safety
is considered and that good blogging practices are followed at all
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net
a wireless text messaging software company.