Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Paging Dr. Google!

Occasionally I freak out a little bit about the fact that I write an online diary.

[You know, this here blog.]

I sometimes worry about privacy.

[A word with which I am only remotely acquainted.]

I ask myself, "Exactly what have I posted on the internet, again?"

"Who is reading my blog, anyway and why are they reading it? How easy is it for someone to find my blog?"
[As if I keep it a secret.]

When I am having one of these moments, I google my name and the word "blog" to see if anything about me comes up in the search results.

Thankfully, there is a young, competitive runner who lives in a far away state and there are pages and pages of links about her.

[Effectively throwing would be stalkers off my trail.]

After exhausting myself catching up on my doppelganger's latest race stats, I clicked over to the image search results to find out what I return in the photo category.

Do you know what you get when you Google Image Search my name and the word blog?

[I am looking a bit under the weather these days, no?]

This photo SO deserves a newspaper headline...

No Joy for THIS Blog Reader!

Mighty Wind Devastates Innocent Internet User!

Horizontal Parenting Taken Too Far!

Bored Reader Slipped Into Coma!

[Now you know about my secret Hawaiian shirt collection. Damn!]

27 comments:

Patience said...

I think my husband has a shirt just like that. Sad, isn't it.

TZT said...

Everything about that picture says "daytime drinking" to me.

Kyla said...

Hahahaha! That must have been some kind of mighty wind!

Magpie said...

Lord. I just googled my name and blog - and I'm kind of stunned by what came up. Must remedy, I think.

mo.stoneskin said...

Doesn't look like you need your watch. Can I have it?

Above Average Joe said...

Didn't you write something about your "skinny jeans"?

Lotta said...

Stay out of the tanning beds will ya. You look peaked!

Lotta said...

PS - There is a "momomatic" that comments on Pioneer Woman's blog every day (I know this because, yes, I google alert my name).

And every day I get all frustrated cause I did NOT tell Pioneer Woman how much I loved her new comforter. It wasn't me!

(It's a lovely comforter though.)

Sayre said...

Not only do we now know about your secret fetish for Hawaiian shirts, we also know about your little moustache problem...

Amy Trice (Graco) said...

You and the commenters are cracking me up! Thanks for making me laugh today. I'm off to google my own name.

Wendy said...

it never occurred to me to google images myself! my dog showed up on the second page, but i was nowhere. which is fine. ;-)

but i think our old toilet showed up.

Jer said...

You wondered who reads you and why. Someone gave me your url when you posted about volunteering on the Gulf Coast. I lived in Biloxi, MS and worked on long term recovery for more than year. That's why I started reading you.

Now I read you because you crack me up.
Jerilyn Dufresne
jerilyndufresne.com/weblog/daily.html

(Word verification was pectick. That's a cool almost-word.)

witchypoo said...

I googled "witchypoo likes" and nothing about me or my blog came up, but just google "naked housework" or sharts, and see what you get.
I love reading you.

Backpacking Dad said...

Sorry, did you say something? I spaced out there for a sec.

Anissa Mayhew said...

Give a warning, why don't ya? I nearly peed myself with that picture!

Kellyology said...

My husband and I had this conversation just last night as he refuses to go Facebook for that very reason. He knows too many of his clients who google potential employees and specifically check facebook/myspace etc. for objectionable material, and if there is any or even if there is an account, sometimes those resumes go straight into the trash.

I wonder if people realize this.

I wonder if it will be the same as the younger generations, the one's who all have personal sites, become the bosses.

Miss Ash said...

Tee hee!!!

I wonder that, too!

Well Read Hostess said...

That is freaking AWESOME!!! I want that to be MY google image picture (actually, I'd just like to be that thin).

Is that Little Richard? That looks like Little Richard.

When I google myself (sounds obscene) I find...myself. AND some shitty amateur poet and I'm so terrified that people will actually think it's me that I wrote a post about it hoping that the post would show up when anyone googles me explaining that the other "me" that shows up isn't really me at all. Because I don't write shitty poetry.

Just really long and incoherent comments on other people's blogs.

blue milk said...

That's so beautiful. hahahahahaa. For curiosity's sake I did the same experiment for my name + blog and got a picture of a young man tonguing a can of ? (soft drink? beer?). So maybe your picture is the "after" to my "before" picture?

Anyway, we're not recognisably anybody's mother in either of our photos.

Ruth Dynamite said...

You look great! Love the shirt and the hair!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Hey you may be sick and have bad taste in shirts, but you have a great tan!

(off to Google search in images my name...skeered.)

There's some "Strong Man" dude with my name so thankfully he hogs much of le Google.

Jocelyn said...

Wow. You're really good at meditation.

For a guy.

Whit said...

She doesn't look like a runner.

Twisted Cinderella said...

Too funny! Now I have to go see what happens when I google my name and blog.

Karen said...

You look exhausted. Maybe you just need a vacation.

I started reading because I am a park ranger. And I think you are hilarious.

becky @ misspriss said...

oh lordy. i googled my name and blog and mine is the first result. gulp!

Mac and Cheese said...

This is hilarious. Naturally I had to follow suit and try it out. Seems that there are a lot of husky dogs named after me.