Recently seen on the web:
“I’ve moved to a new URL. Please email me and beg like a dog for the new address, and maybe, just MAYBE… I’ll give it to you.”
I see a lot of these pages lately.
It’s just easier to take down their link, as they’re apparently hiding from someone.
You know… I understand the need for privacy, the occasional need to vent and let something out. We all do that sometimes. I understand password-protected entries, sites, or sections… perhaps you feel uncomfortable with a relative, employer, spouse, or a bloodthirsty stalker reading your innermost thoughts.
But when I see a message like the one above…
…perhaps publishing on the web isn’t for them, ya think?
Stupidity abounds on the web, especially in the blog world. People feel “freedom of speech” means you can say anything you want without repercussions, and blogs are treated like “private diaries”, you had the silly illusion you were anonymous until someone did a WHOIS lookup, blah, blah, blah.
As obnoxious as I seem on the web, I still adhere to the rule to never post, write, or leave on an answering machine something I wasn’t willing to say to a person’s face. Really. Ask Carole about any one of “Eric’s greatest hits” in real life with what I’ve said to people, especially her annoying friends.
Take it from someone who, this time last year, discovered every page of this site was printed and ready to be read to a judge in a court hearing.
I know whereof I speak.
A little self-censorship won’t kill you.
We make our mistakes, learn and move on. We don’t run, hoping who we are running from doesn’t find us again. I posted a link to a person’s “new” site once. They called me an idiot in my comments (“You idiot! How am I supposed to blog anonymously if you put a link to my page???”.)… you can bet I’ll never do that again.
People from my job read this site (including my boss. After all, he hosts the site), family reads it, my neighbors read it, and so do potential clients…
… which is what I understand the concept of the WORLD WIDE Web was all about. So I welcome it.
“The web is the last place in the world to attempt to hide anything. The code is against you. The browser is against you. The computer and its connection are against you. The structure and protocols used in the internet are against you.”
Alan Herrel – “Hiding Content“
Go ahead… argue with me in my comments. Tell me I’m wrong. The floor’s open…