Well, after a very interesting week, I’m back on the air.
It never ceases to amaze me the ends people will go to in an attempt to stalk people on the Internet. Sure, those of us that blog expect a certain level of weirdos reading and doing weird “Internet Stalker” stuff like sending thinly veiled threats via email, posting trolling comments, and in extreme cases, mailing weird and/or threatening letters to our homes. These types of incidents are somewhat disconcerting, but not anything I particularly lose any sleep over. As you also know, I take my 2nd Amendment rights very seriously, so I feel that anyone who chose to actually go through with a threat would meet an untimely demise.
However, as a Webmaster, I’ve witnessed an entirely unbelieveable level of Internet stalking, and some of my customers on IHS have been the victims. Many of the people who are my customers are also good friends, so that makes me doubly angry when it happens. Being a Webmaster, as it turns out, is basically a full-time job of tracking and banning weirdos from people’s websites, sending reports to ISP’s and in some extreme cases, to law enforcement officials.
I’m very grateful for the amazing help from the people at Google, who have been nothing short of spectacular at assisting with abuse investigations. I choose not to post any ads on any of my sites, but if I did, they’d be Google ads. I’ve also found that in most cases, ISP’s are very helpful as well.
The most disturbing trend, however, is the propensity for NON-strangers to be the perpetrators of Internet stalking. It’s almost always a jilted ex, a family member, or a “friend” doing the stalking. So, that’s pretty sad. People who are family or friends should just be absolutely ashamed of themselves. If they had the first clue about why people blog, they’d know that it’s for the community. It’s theraputic, and the blogging community as a whole are incredibly supportive and 99.99% of us follow the blogging code of ethics. Bloggers who decide to operate outside that unwritten code are quickly shut down.
But stalkers are never people who blog. Stalkers are always people with no clue… They feel powerful because they know about the blog and they can lurk without being noticed. They sit in judgment over each word they read, and feel that they have the right to control what’s said and what isn’t.
The latest stalking incident wasn’t someone stalking me. It involved several blogs, mine included, but was entirely focused on stalking one particular person. Steps have been taken, ISP’s have been notified of abuse, and a couple of sites have been closed down permanently as a result. Score one for the stalkers.
If you’re reading here because you’re entertained and/or you happen to be a friend, I’m glad you’re here… I’m not going anywhere. If you’re here from some creepy reason (you know who you are), why don’t you do us all a favor and drop dead.