Posted by: whimsigal | July 23, 2008

A Few Things On My Mind

Have you ever googled yourself?  Or your blog?  I’ve been doing it a lot lately because I’ve been worried that, in spite of my best efforts to keep my blog hidden, the family members from whom I’m hiding will find me and all this moving around will be for naught.  My god.  Is that a run-on sentence?  Anyway all this googling has unleashed some thoughts that are now free-floating around in my brain and since this is where I go to share my thoughts, here you go.  First of all, there are A LOT of unschooling/homeschooling blogs out there called “The Road Less Traveled” so apparently I’m not quite as clever as I fantasize that I am.  It made sense at the time, because unschooling was so foreign to me as a homeschooling path but now, it doesn’t seem to make much sense any more.  All of this to say that I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog.  To what?  I don’t know yet.  I’m still marinating on that one.  I’m open to suggestions though if you have them.

Next thought.  While googling, I discovered that although my blog is hidden pretty well, it’s not totally private.  Google’s blog search will pull it up.  Of course I’m thinking, “Why am I hiding then?”  I moved from Blogger, and lost all the little things I loved, lost what little ad revenue it generated because wordpress doesn’t support the ads I was running, and they could still find me if they really wanted to.  Damn it.  Now what?  Do I say “frick it” and just let my blog be searchable on Google and the like or do I keep things as they are and hope they’re not smart enough to find me?  Again, suggestions and opinions are welcome.  And before you tell me, I know I brought this forsaken harpee on myself by talking badly about my relatives on here.  Believe me, I wish the words had never been committed to digital paper.  But they were and feelings were hurt and this is where I am now.

Next thought.  Stupid forwarded emails.  In the past two days, I have received the same email three times.

To all of my friends, I do not usually forward  messages, But this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she  really is an attorney.  If she says that this will  work – It will work. After all, what have you got to lose?  SORRY EVERYBODY…. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I’m an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest  assured AOL and  Intel will follow through with their  promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action  suit similar to the one filed by PepsiCo against General  Electric not too long ago.  Dear Friends: Please do not  take this for a junk letter.  Bill Gates sharing his fortune.  If you ignore this, You will repent later.  Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet  companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer  remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are  running an e-mail
beta test When you forward  this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (If   you are a Microsoft Windows user) for a two week time period.  For every person that you forward this e-mail to,  Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent  it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and  for every third person that receives it, You will be paid  $241.00. With in two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your  address and then send you a check. =

Regards. Charles S  Bailey General Manager Field Operations

1-800-842-2332 Ext.  1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085

Thought this  was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this e-mail  and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and within days, I received a check for $24, 800..00. You need to  respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can afford  this, Bill gates is the man.

The icing on the cake was when I received it from my dad this afternoon.  He is forever sending me some of the dumbest crap ever produced and it just irritates me.  Especially when the man spends much time berating democrats, calling them ignorant and immature.  Really, Dad?  THEY’RE ignorant and immature??  It’s a tad bit irritating to me when he can’t manage to run this dumbass stuff through snopes first even though I have sent him the link twice.  My favorite forward has to be a link he sent me to a website that supposedly maps out all the felons in your neighborhood.  He was alarmed at the number in his and told me I’d better check mine because there were a lot of perverts living nearby.  Y’all,  the website was so phony it wasn’t even funny.  Every felon’s name was Hispanic and they were all “convicted” of sexual crimes.  I snoped it and sure enough it confirmed my suspicions.  I sent him the link but of course got no response.  *sigh*  Anyway, hopefully if any of you have forwarded either of the above-mentioned emails I hope I haven’t offended you.  It just drives me crazy when I get them.

You know, if I hadn’t had my uterus removed I might suspect that I’m going through PMS because I’m downright irritable today.  The kids have been driving me crazy and I’m ass-dragging tired!!  I’m sorry for such an incredibly bitchy post but the need to get all that off my chest was overpowering me.  Thanks for reading it if you made it this far.  I promise to try and post something fun and sunny and bright tomorrow!

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Responses

  1. I have googled myself. It is just weird.

    Also, Iowa actually does have a site for mapping convicted sexual felons. It can search by name or zip code. We have a stupid law that restricts them from living within 3000 feet of anything. Um, where do they live then? Right. They just lie and/or live in parking lots. Gah. But it is a real website. I pulled up my neighbor and found out all sorts of things about him from his rap sheet.

    Also, your relatives may not be internet savvy, but they might know someone who is. I say go totally private, flip to acronyms, or just tell them to consider rule # 6 (I got that piece of advice from Happy and Free!)…..

  2. We have a state sponsored site too. This was something completely different and if I have the link in my trash I will share it.

    It’s impossible for me to be totally private, I think. I have emailed google and asked them to pull my blog from the blog search so we’ll see what happens with that. Right now, a regular google search won’t pull me up but the beta blog search will if you use the right words. Another reason I’m considering changing my blog’s name.

    Rule #6 are words to live by indeed!!! Thanks for visiting! I needed that.

  3. Well I tried googline you and had a hard time–couldn’t find this blog at all. So best of luck there!

    I wrote a post about googling myself a while back: http://vanderbiltwife.blogspot.com/2008/01/googling-myself_30.html

  4. I have googled myself and it wasn’t pretty. Since I started a group my name was everywhere with my phone number. I had a man call me and ask me what services I provided. After my initial shock, I asked what he meant and he said that my name came up for math tutor in the area. Well, dh spent 30 minutes trying to google my name for math tutor and it didn’t happen. My number has now been removed. LOL


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