Six months ago....
The phone rang at midnight. Late night phone calls startle me. I immediately think there is something terribly wrong. I rushed to answer the call.
I did not recognize the voice on the other end of the phone. After a long pause, a person began talking but did not disclose their name. The person asked me a series of questions. I did not respond other than to ask "Who are you?"
I was about to hang up the phone but the next question froze my hand to my ear. The caller made a specific reference to a post I wrote on this blog.
The caller knew who I was but I had no idea who they were.
I hung up the phone.
How did the caller connect my blog to the dojo phone number? After hours of online searching, I figured out how the person found the phone number.
A setting was automatically changed which listed my site URL on the public profile page. In a few clicks and searches, I was able to connect the blog-dojo-organization-instructors-work information. I corrected the setting.
When I started my blog, I decided to be semi-anonymous. Yes...Michele is my real first name but I try to be cautious about disclosing too much information. It was months before I told family members about my site. I am sure their are nuggets of information scattered throughout blog posts and comments which could connect all the pieces.
Are you anonymous? Do you blog using your full name? Is it even possible to be semi-anonymous or anonymous? Has anyone tracked you down through your blog? In the age of social networking and instant connections...does it even matter?