There has been quite a bit of banter on blogs recently about being careful what one says about themselves in such a public forum. This has gotten me thinking (…always a commendable practice).
We’re very well aware of a small handful of people reading our blog on various days, and this is only because they leave comments. But with the little counters on our pages we are able to realise that many tens or hundreds of people pass by our blogs each day. Some read our rants and thoughts and goings-on, get lost, and move on. Others enjoy our way of thinking or narrating and return again and again.
Recently, from one blogger’s banter and various passing comments in the “real” world, I was able to work out who she “really” was. And this was with out an ounce of effort. This makes me wonder how many people who read my blog anonymously have worked out my “real” identity, but have yet to admit it to me. Afterall, how many uber-hot chicks with a lust for champagne and the constant topic of AIDS on their minds are there running about in Jozi?
Imagine if some anonymous reader actually put concerted effort into finding who you, the blogger, were. And imagine if the reasons for doing so was not because of some friendly “seems we run in the same circles” reasons but because of his psychopathic inclinations. In this forum he is able to determine where your regular hang outs are, what your loves and hates are, how you think on a daily basis etc. and perhaps even work out what you look like.
This person is then able to stalk you and “randomly meet you” in one of your blog-mentioned settings. He is able to know just what to say to you, how to say it, and you can become putty in his hands. And who knows from there….
Could make for an excellent cheesy blockbusting Thriller, I reckon.
To all Hollywood Producers reading this blog: Yes, I am willing and able to give up my current career and become a top-class movie script-writer. And yes, yes, I am available to fly over to LA at your earliest convenience….