#bloggybootcamp with @angryjulie – Privacy and Your Blog
- Started out just with Blogger blog to post pictures of her son to share with her extended family.
- Started out on parenting forums — lots of drama.
- Was tired of the drama and the cliques (“high school cool girl”)
- In 2007, decided that she wanted to talk to talk about her.
- Blog name came from a coworker’s nickname
Topic – Are you going to use your real name:
- Do you use your real name? Last name?
- Some people are branded by their real name.
- Maybe use your maiden name instead of your married name.
- Do you have permission to use other people’s names.
Topic – Location
- @angryjulie lives in a small town. Only had one time where someone that she was dealing with at work recognized her from her blog.
- Are you going to talk about vacations before you leave?
- Do you use location based applications?
Topic – Blog Tracking Programs
- You can know how many times people are on their site, know your IP address.
- People are watching.
- Will sometimes use a different computer to go to other people’s sites so that they don’t know its her.
- Google Analytics; StatCounter, Sitemeter mentioned as tools on WordPress – Good to see what days are more popular on your blog.
- You can map people’s IP address if they visit your blog, make a comment, etc.
- Even if you comment on a blog anonymously, people can still figure out its you by your IP address. Be careful not to troll blogs because people can track you down.
Topic – Photos
- @angryjulie considers herself a photo editor
- Currently uses Flickr as main photo option
- Licenses all her photos as Creative Commons.
- You can make photos on Flickr private. You can post them on your blog at a certain size, but you can’t see them on Flickr.
- You can have a “mom blog” and not post pictures of your kids / family online.
- Kid’s birthday parties – There are people who don’t want pictures of their kids on the Internet. Make sure that you are mindful of that when deciding whether or not to post pictures online.
- Watermark – Unless you put the watermark across people’s faces, they are pretty easy to edit out of the photo.
Topic – Content
- Make sure you’re asking yourself “is this too personal”
- Follow your stats and find out what people are searching about
- Stuff doesn’t go away if it’s been public — even if you delete things, Google (or another service) may have saved it.
Topic – Facebook
- @angryjulie only has people on her friend’s page on Facebook that she’s met in person.
- Have a policy about comments.
- Don’t feed the trolls.
- Think about locking down comments after a certain time period or if the conversation has had any drama.