Friday, May 16, 2008

Respecting Identities

From my first post, I made it plain who I am. In the comment section here people address me as Cliff, 74, WIXY, WIXYgrad, and Dad. Anybody can address me by the first four. Only my children-Martha, Sylva, or Adam(WIXYjr) can call me "Dad."

To me, 74WIXYgrad is a branding. To most of the readers here, it has no significance. I keep it because that's what most know me as. There are others who post by one name and allow others to refer to their given name. There are others who use only their "blog name" when they are posting, but have trusted me with their given name. I respect that and will not use their given name when addressing them on blogger.

The reason I write this post is I got, along with many other folks, an email from Valley Girl. Because of the very personal nature of her blog, she guarded her identity and revealed it to nobody. That's okay by me. I had removed the link to her blog from my side bar awhile ago, due to some of the content, but still read it on occasion.

In the email, she stated that she felt it was best to shut down her blog because it was brought to her attention that some were going to great lengths to figure her identity out and use it to cause harm to her. That's not cool and to me things like that are what give social networking sites a bad name. Val was using her blog as an online diary and was not hurting anyone with it.

So if you are concerned with someone's identity if that someone isn't willing to reveal it, I have four words for you: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!


Bella said...

I'm so glad you posted that! I, too, noticed that val's blog was gone, but didn't know why. I enjoyed her blog and found her to be a very talented writer.

It's sad that some people have to spoil things for people!

Hope Val is okay...


Monday through Sunday said...

that's a shame...I do not understand the fixation of some people....

Liquid said...

Whoa.........boy do I understand her drama and her pain.

Nosey people .........well......simply suck!

I too had noticed her blog was gone.

Dad gummit!

I too hope that Val is ok.

And to those who have attempted or succeeded to "stalk" her......
I'll be watching for you!

I'm just in that kind of mood these days!

stacys1175 said...

I am so sad to hear about what happened to Val I really liked reading her blog. and I totaly agree with you. I know that I'm going to start changing things I do post do to the fact that there are crazies out there and I dont know what I would do if something happened to my family beacuse I posted to much info about them on my blog.