Since I've found the Site Meter site, I've been a little freaked out. I've been looking at the reports of who reads my blog and where they're from, etc. I think some of the more random ones may be people who are trying to spam me. Since I have the word verification turned on, they can't. Some of the people I recognize, like Elizabeth & Kristin. Obviously, I'm okay with them and welcome them to read & comment often!
I think the thing that freaks me out is that when I "surf" through a bunch of blogs, those people have my blog address and city & state location logged into their account (if they use such a thing as site meter.) Sometimes I link from blog to blog to blog (as I know lots of people do) and have found some strange people out there. The thought of some of them linking back to my blog and reading about my children, etc. is frightening.
The thing is, I guess I've always known that the Internet isn't really that secure, but this brings it home. I was looking at some of the reports and some of them have addresses like "bellsouth.net" or "verizon.com" and then some simply have IP addresses. I can click on these to get the exact city & state and then click on the latitude/longitude to see where they are on a world map!
For example, one of the reports just had an IP address. I clicked on it and it told me the name of a small computer store in a town near here. Because of this, I know that my friend's husband (who works there) "A" was reading my blog. Either that or my friend "A" was visiting him and read my blog while there. The point is, he probably didn't think much of checking it to see if I'd written anything new, and of course I don't mind if he reads it. It's just that I know he did it even though he didn't tell me or leave a comment. Of course, he's a computer guy, so he probably already knows about this kind of thing.
Anyway, I guess in a way this is good because I don't see how many c-h-i-l-d m-o-l-e-s-t-e-r-s can get away with things because of this technology. I know many do get away with it, but I know this type of thing can greatly decrease their chances of anonymity! Thank goodness for that!
Am I being too paranoid? I'd really like feedback on this if you don't mind. Have any of the rest of you worried about surfing the Internet and people coming to find you?
I love blogging and value the relationships I've formed because of blogging. I love getting comments and leaving comments. I love recording the stories of our family's lives. Can you help me feel better about my worries?