Blogger Safety - Things You Should Know

Usually I like to write happy and inspirational posts, but, on occasion, reality gets in the way and I need to communicate some practical stuff.

The world of blogging is generally wonderful. 
Usually, the blogs I read are all written by women like myself, 
who want to communicate, share, connect, write, inspire and be inspired. 
However, there are some out there who use this information for negative purposes; one of which is personal information. 
Women, generally tend to be more trusting and open with information than men and this makes women easier targets for unsavoury people.

I've been reading some unpleasant stories in the blog world and I just want to remind my dear blogging friends to be careful of giving out too much personal information 
about themselves. 
It could fall into the wrong hands.

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Blogger Safety: What You Should Know

Do not give out your last name, address or telephone number on your blog, unless you have a business that you are promoting and have a separate contact information for clients and customers.

It's natural to talk about our lives; it's fun to share. 
However, be careful not to give out information like a specific area of where you live in a city. 
For example, I live in San Francisco...but do not give the exact area of the neighbourhood in San Francisco. 

I love sharing stories about my travels, but I blog about it afterwards.
I write about an upcoming trip but without exact details of dates or how long I'll be gone.
You never know, someone out there could be waiting for you to go on holiday 
and then rob you.

On another blog, I found out that a woman had impersonated another woman's life and put it up on Facebook. She just copied all the photos and information from this woman's blog and pasted them onto her Facebook, and claimed it as hers. This is a scary and extreme incident, but rare.

There are also blog stalkers - not common, but out there. Here is a story that I found from Optiniche that links to Pro Blogger about a blog stalking incident. It's interesting to read the comments as well because other people write about their experiences too. 

Talk about your friends and family, but be smart about the information that you put out there. 
I don't think I've ever mentioned my husband's name on my blog. 
I post photos of him and mention him as my significant other, but that's it. 
Maybe you write more and that's long as you're comfortable with it and understand what information you're putting out there.

Do you have pèrsonal rules about blogging?
If you have any suggestions on blogger safety and if you found this information helpful, please leave a comment or email me. 

p.s. I hope I didn't scare you. I only want to help you be informed.  

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