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Why did you start blogging?

This is actually a fairly difficult question to answer. There are a lot of things in my life that don’t make a whole lot of sense, but I do them anyways. Blogging is one of those things.

I guess I could say I do it because its cathartic, which, for the most part, is true. It helps me deal with my demons, so to speak, and it helps me realize where it is my life is headed if I just write stuff down. But I could do all that with a journal and not have to worry about people that I don’t even know judging me. And I keep a journal too, so why DO I blog?

If I’m being honest with myself, I crave the interaction with others. I’d like to think that someone out there can identify with what I’m going through, what I’m feeling, or what I’m doing. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t so sure I was connecting with people, and it made me seriously question whether or not I ought to continue. But then today happened, and I realized I wasn’t alone. Why? Because of this:

“I completely understand your insecurities. I’m struggling with my own, but the best advice I can give you is to make yourself happy. Economically, jobs are hard to come by. My father was laid off at the place he worked at for over 10 years. My mom did the same. It’s happened with my aunt and cousin as well. My father only found part-time work at first, then finally got a full-time position at Menards. My mom just became a stay-at-home-mom, even though her two oldest kids were in college, and her youngest is a teenager. My aunt and cousin are going back to school.

Many people change careers several times in their lives and possibly aren’t happy with the final result. It’s okay that you’ve been going to college on and off for 8 years because you’re still trying. I commend you for that. I applaud all people who go back to school to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

If someone loves you, then you are enough. You obviously don’t have horrible flaws (like being a murderer, drug dealer, etc.). I don’t know you, but I think you’re good enough for anything you want to do.”

That was a comment left on a post I did yesterday, which can be found HERE. I’d just like to say thank you to the author of that comment, and please realize that I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

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Are you kidding me?

 

Talk about a violation of privacy. LEGITIMATE companies are creating fake accounts on social networks, such as Facebook, twitter, and MySpace, gathering as much PERSONAL info about users on the site as they can, then SELLING that information to anyone with the right amount of money, no matter what they want to use it for. Most scraping companies don’t even ASK their “clients” what the information will be used for. And the best part of it all is there are NO LAWS, at least at the national level, in the U.S to STOP it. Don’t believe me, go read it HERE, then come back to see what you can do about it. I’ve never been afraid to be who I really am on the web, mostly because I never posted information that couldn’t be safeguarded from people I don’t know. But these companies get around that. They’ll send you friend requests so they can access your personal information, along with all the information your other friends share. So here is how I plan to keep safe:

 

1. Make sure you are only friends with people you know on sites like MySpace and Facebook. If you don’t know them personally, ask for a way to identify who they are. If they are unwilling to provide that information, move on.

 

2. IF you post personally identifying information (i.e real name, birth date, phone numbers, email, etc) make sure it is viewable ONLY by your friends. Otherwise, if one of your friends happens to be “friends” with these “people” that information will be available to them as well. Obviously there is the option of not posting that information at all, but that decision should be made by you.

 

3. And finally, watch what you say online. I know it sucks, you should be allowed to have some level of leeway on the internet, but the fact of the matter is these companies aren’t going to stop unless the government steps in and does something about it, which you and I both know is not going to happen since they seem to have a vested interest in this as well (Read the article to see what I mean).

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