On Saturday, I had my first speaking engagement at Bloggy Boot Camp in San Francisco. I was going to do this whole elaborate presentation with Powerpoint and all of the bells and whistles. I decided to do a handout and speak/storytell about the subjects that I outlined. I stumbled a little here and there, and I may have talked a little too fast at times. But, I think it went over pretty good and I got my points across. I have had some great feedback and e-mails already, but I wanted to share my outline in a post.
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PRIVACY and YOUR BLOG
Privacy, tracking visitors, and more about keeping your personal info personal, while still blogging authentically.
TEN TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN THINKING
OF YOUR PERSONAL PRIVACY
1. Real Names
- Do you use your real name? Last name?
- Do you use your family member’s names?
- Do you use examples of people you know (IRL) In Real Life on your blog?
- Do you have permission to use this information?
- Do you talk about where you live? Actual city, state?
- Do you talk about vacations, events, before you go to them?
- Do you use location based web applications?
- Twitter, Whrrl, Foursquare
3. Blog Tracking Programs
- Do you have a stat tracking program installed on your site?
- Google Analytics, StatCounter, Sitemeter
- Have you ever tracked an IP address?
- Do you know how to track and IP address?
- Previous comments, IP tracking sites
- Do you post pictures of your family? Your kids? Your house? Your neighborhood?
- Do you watermark your photos?
- Do you post “birthday party” or event pictures with other kids in them?
- What is too personal?
- Search engines and your content?
- When you hit “publish” it is there forever, sometimes even if you delete
- Do you have privacy settings “set” on your account?
- How do you select and approve “friends”?
7. Domain Registrations
- Do you have your own domain(s)?
- Are they registered private?
- Check Who Is?
8. Cyber Stalkers and Trolls?
- Do you have a troll/stalker policy?
- Have you ever had a troll problem?
- How far would you let it go?
- At what point do you close comments?
- Have you ever closed comments?
10. Telling People About Your Blog
- Have you told family, friends, co-workers, playdates?
- Do you regret people knowing or telling them?
- Have you had negative experiences because of it?
I may or may not do all of these things. These are just some good points to think about when you are blogging. After blogging for three years, my thoughts on some things have changed. I have loosened up in some areas, and I have totally locked down others. What ever you choose to do with your privacy and your blog is your opinion, and only yours. Because really, it is your blog.