Dear Wise One,
One of my biggest fears about the internet is how open it is. As a writer and blogger I open myself up to the internet, and mostly I have no idea who is reading any of it. Is there someone out there obsessively following my Twitter feed? Do my ex-boyfriends stalk my Facebook page? I put a lot of myself into my blog, but I don’t necessarily want my ‘real life’ friends reading all of that.
There are photos of my children that I share – because I love them and of course I think that they are cute, but what if someone else is looking at them in a different, more sinister way? What if when they are older they are less than happy that I shared their potty training experiences with the world? What if their pictures are being stolen, used by someone else, for something that I don’t know about? I have done what I can to protect against that, but I can’t really be sure can I?
Blogging has brought me many great things, online friends, new experiences and fun times for my family, but what happens if one day, I decide enough is enough but I cannot delete it all? What if this mark I have made on the internet is permanent and indestructible. If my children ask me to take it all down one day will I be able to do that?
Now I have put myself out here publicly, will I ever have any privacy again?