Why I’m pseudo-anonymous, and other weirdness

Most visitors to Thingamababy come from other blogs. Most who come here from search engines have searched for specific products I’ve reviewed (the first hit for "pudding crash helmet" arrived today).

Here is a sample of the remaining search engine traffic…

dad undressing daughter pics. This is a good example of why I don’t reveal a lot of personally identifiable information on Thingamababy. I’m sure the pervert who conducted that search didn’t expect to find my weekly archive page which included a review of the Squeak E. Dress Me Mouse.

can i have a short and simple story about grampa? Someone used AskJeeves.com for that question. They were surely disappointed to find Thingamababy’s front page ("grampa" was referenced in the Daddy Dolls post).

homage cat removal urine odor. This person hit an archive index page which included "urine" and "odor" in reference to diapers. I hope the user was merely confused about the definition of ‘homage.’

childhood dropped me on my head. My mother will be proud to know her son’s web site came up on that search (again, related to the pudding caps post).


3 Responses to “Why I’m pseudo-anonymous, and other weirdness”

  1. tod says:

    Keeping your personal information just that…personal, is your perogative. I completely understand your reservations, in fact I gave it some hard thought before deciding to reveal my identity on my blog. I read several other high profile blogs for quite some time before starting mine and found that most of them are very open about their identity. That helped make me more comfortable with the idea.

    Now I just hope the stalkers and crazy-folk leave me alone. ;-)

    September 2nd, 2005 at 7:49 am

  2. AJ says:

    About privacy, there are a range of future issues, many of which I can’t fathom today, that could arise from publishing my life online. I don’t want to saddle my daughter with an electronic legacy that opens her life to anyone who cares to do a few minutes of data mining (a stalker, a kid in her high school, whatever).

    Hey, don’t get me wrong. A personal blog can be a beautiful historical gift (if you figure out how to easily archive it for accessing 20 years from now when the Internet uses different technologies… maybe print the pages?)

    I don’t knock anyone for blogging personal details or posting photos. I read the Ex Machina blog, I suspect, primarily because it has photos of Baby Odin just about every day and he is in the general ball park age of my child. It’s interesting.


    September 2nd, 2005 at 9:01 am

  3. tod says:

    Yeah, my wife and I had a brief conversation about this just last night. She doesn’t want too much identifiable personal information online about us. That’s why I only reveal my name and no one elses at thDad. Now, someone with enough internet-know-how and curiosity could find out our information (address, phone #, etc.), but I’m not too worried about it at this point. I am definitely aware of the potential though.

    On an interesting side note, someone from my college’s magazine found me via my blog and now wants to interview me…because of my blog. :)

    September 7th, 2005 at 12:35 pm

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