Saturday, November 15, 2008

NOT going private.

First, to the several of you who e-mailed me suggesting I get a CAT scan to look for a possible brain tumor (that would cause me to hear non-existent music at 5 am), thanks for the paranoia. Now I think I have a ghost and a tumor.

But anyway...

Recently an article came out about blog safety and has made the rounds through the blogosphere. Since then, many of my friends have made their blogs private. Now, some of you may have other reasons for going private, but I know for sure that many are doing it out of fear.

I for one am not going private. First of all, let's be frank--I like that I have an audience. It thrills me that I get 700-1000 hits a day. It makes me feel kind of fabulous, which doesn't happen in my "real" life. For those of you who know me, you know I'm painfully awkward and shy in person. I can barely hold an intelligible conversation in person because I'm so shy.

Secondly, I refuse to live in fear. I know that I use our full names and have mentioned the state and maybe even the town I live in. The bottom line is that anyone who wants to find that information can, whether it's on my blog or not. I was Googling the other day and found my daughter's birth record online! Maybe I'm naive, but I don't think blogging puts us at any more risk than having an e-mail account. I find it makes more sense to teach my kids to protect themselves and be aware of their surroundings and those around them than to sheild them, because I won't be able to sheild them forever.

And I refuse to let the wack-jobs of the world dictate how I live my life.


  1. Holy crap, you get a lot of hits a day. High five!

    Question: Is it nerdy to high five? Anawer: Hell NO!

  2. Brandi I am going to do it. I am going to post my opinion.
    I totally agree with you. I am not sure what article you are referring to. But I have seen an article about a Utah boy with a birthday mohawk. When the family hired an attorney they found out It was a "close relative"... not a stranger So my question is if this individual was a close famiy member wouldn't they be allowed to view the blog? So would it have done any good to have her blog private? I guess my point, it was not some wack-job or crazy person, it was a close famiy member.(okay they were crazy!!!)

    if you haven't seen the article go to

    I understand that maybe some wack-jobs may be out there but I am with you. If they want the info they can get it. It's more important to teach your children and help them be aware of their surroundings...

    It's fun to see how many people come to my blog. I love seeing what they are serching for. I love looking at my map and seeing people from all over the world came to my little blog. How cool is that.

    Well there you go I posted my opinion.

  3. Dude! Brandi! Do you really get 700 to 1000 hits a day?!? That makes you blog famous girl!

    Shoot, you're my hero now. Love your blog, and love that you aren't going private. I agree with everything you've said. Ever. Well, except for the turning Republican and wanting a baby thing. But everything else.

  4. Glad to know I'm not the only one! True dat! People want the info, google makes it happen, as do a number of other sites. Plus, when I'm actually reviewing tv, I get a boat load of people reading, so yeah, I like the attention too.


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