I thought it would be fun to share the list of terms typed into search engines that have thus far led to my blog. Mostly because some of them are funny and disturbing, but also because I need to throw some “filler” posts in here and there to prolong the inevitable running out of material (I know “getting out more” would be a logical solution, but who wants to do that?). There’s nothing wrong with filler. Filler can be good. Without filler, we wouldn’t have hot dogs!
As you can see, some strange people have happened upon my blog. This exercise led me to the conclusion that I probably shouldn’t be so transparent about who I am on this interweb thing. You’re probably thinking, “Duh, why would you advertise your last name in the first place? Future employers…Identity theft…Stalking…Wearing your carved face as a mask…” Let me defend myself:
– Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet
– You can always depend on the kindness of strangers
– And other strangers sayings…
But seriously, here is my line of thinking when I decided to put my last name in About the Author :
I probably shouldn’t since the internet can be a dangerous place and I know better. BUT, what if a big shot talent exec comes across my blog and thinks, “I simply MUST contact this person and make her rich and famous and change her life forever!”? I don’t want him/her accidentally contacting some other twenty-something Lauren from Sarnia who lives in London. What if one day, just as I’m crunching into my evening pickle, I see this Lauren on Entertainment Tonight talking about her smash hit book, “TheVERYsingleGal“??? Then, as I gasp in shock, I choke on my evening pickle and (since I’m single and alone and there’s not so much as a cat to save my life) I die. I can’t let that happen! Last name it is!
So, as you can see, plenty of logic was behind the decision.
I’ve made the necessary adjustments (and some fun enhancements!) in About the Author and elsewhere to somewhat “protect” my identity from strangers. But from what I understand, it’s probably too little too late, since you can never really delete anything from this internet thing. So meh.
*Lightbulb* Good thing it wasn’t my real last name in the first place. It was a pseudonym all along. So just forget about it.