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Glinda’s Privacy Policy

By Glinda

I am a loner. An outcast. Someone not to be trusted.


Because I don’t, and never will, post pictures of my kids on the internet. Not on my personal blog, not on this blog, and definitely not on Facebook.

In an ocean of mommybloggers who document their offspring’s every moment online, I stand out. And not in a good way. I actually feel that in the long run, it has hurt me as a blogger not to post pictures. People want to identify with you, and it is hard to do that if they have no idea what you and your family look like.  I’ve actually noticed that some of the most popular bloggers are the ones who post lots and lots of pictures of themselves and their families.

But the way I see it, once you post a picture on the intertubes, it is always there. There is always a version of it cached somewhere, even if you delete it later. I feel it is unfair for me to put up a bunch of pictures of my kids for people to possibly find one day and use for their own purposes. The thought of that totally skeeves me out. The fact that if they felt like it, a complete stranger could print out a picture of my son and put it in a frame in their own home makes me feel faint. 

Now, is there much likelihood that this will happen?

Not really.

But there is always the possibility, and I am just that paranoid.

And speaking of paranoid? As a public service announcement, I would like to introduce you to a new site called Spokeo. On this site, many of your nightmares may actually come true. If you look up your name, you will find a bunch of aggregated information about yourself culled from public sources, including your age, where you live, your phone number, whether you own a house and how much it is currently worth, and pictures of your property.  If you have a spouse, there will be a link under your name to all of your spouse’s information.  Oh, and be sure to look up your maiden name as well.  On mine, it had links to my mom and dad.  If someone wants to pay three bucks, they can look at financial information as well as pictures you’ve posted on Facebook.

I figure if someone wants really badly to locate me, then they are going to have to hire a freaking private detective.  None of this one-second searching on the internet and finding out everything about me.  You want to know where I live, you are going to have to work for it.

I opted out of Spokeo using a gmail address I made specifically for that purpose. You might want to to the same.

7 Responses to “Glinda’s Privacy Policy”

  1. class factotum Says:

    I have a friend who frequently posts about her daughter on facebook. Many of the posts are cute and funny, but often, they are about my friend’s frustration with being a mother and things that would be hurtful to her daughter if she knew. I wonder what my friend is going to do when her daughter is old enough to read.

  2. marvel Says:

    Actually, I have created imaginary pictures of you and your family (an all the other Manolosphere bloggers) and I think I would be disappointed if you posted pictures and you didn’t look like I imagined you do.

  3. Awesome Mom Says:

    This in info that anyone can find in a phone book. What I find more disturbing and invasive is that Google wanted to send me a text on my cell phone just so that I could get an email address to opt out the other website. That is way more invasive and a huge pile of BS, they do not need to know my cell number just so I can prove that I am a real person.

  4. Glinda Says:

    Actually, I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. This is WAY more than any phone book would give.

  5. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    I can definitely understand why you wouldn’t put your family on your blog. I have no intentions of putting pictures of my kid on my blog (unless it’s one where you can’t see his face, or something).

    My Facebook is a different story. I have my settings such that only my friends can see my photos. And with so many of my family members and friends flung all over the globe, it’s just so much more efficient to put the pics on Facebook, rather than clogging up everybody’s email with pictures.

    Sure, one of my friends COULD save a photo of my kid and send it off to goodness-knows-where, but that’s when you kind of say, “Okay, really…what are the odds of one of my friends actually doing that?”

  6. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    That spokeo IS creepy! It doesn’t have Canadian information, thank goodness.

    Just for kicks, I looked up my first and maiden name, and found not me, but some woman in Texas with that name. And it gave her address and phone number, her husbands name, her age bracket, the value, square footage and purchase date of her home AND the Google street view image of it.

    Okay, that freaks me the hell out. I want to email this woman and warn her.

  7. Jennie Says:

    Good for you! My niece posts every single moment of her son’s life in pictures. I think he will hate her at some point.

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