A lot of advice states, don’t get bogged down with too much information but did you know for instance that your post titles could be excluding you from searches in google and other search engines? Me neither.
When I first set out to research blogs all my queues from these fabulous gentlemen and their site.
Copyright ©2012 The Keyword Academy
Court Tuttle and Mark Butler
As well as providing this 80 page synopsis of how to create a successful blog (which I have yet to delve into in detail), you can subscribe to their emails which is how I came across this link. (Don’t worry it’ll only take you two minutes to read.)
Pretty fascinating huh? It also makes me wonder if you get censored because of the nature of your blog, i.e. if it is of a controversial nature or has certain key phrases in do they get by search engines? We should probably be wary of what we say. It’s all well and good to wax poetic and spout opinions off the cuff but remember, nothing is lost in cyberspace and yes, they can hold it against you should the need arise. I also have to wonder where that leaves me in the swearing department, I love a good tirade and it loses something without a few expletives.
Going one step further, be wary of any content that goes over the net, personal emails, comments on social networks (or messages), any sites you write on in any capacity. If you want privacy, write a letter or meet in person. Hey, there’s a novel idea, have a real conversation with someone! For instance, look what happened to that poor RCMP officer in British Columbia just because they found he had a profile on fetlife.com, a site particularly for the BDSM and fetish community. Hello! Private life, i.e. what he did on his own time. I believe it in no way affected his job (may have even improved it – again a point for another time) but the RCMP summarily dismissed him because his association with this site allegedly tarnished the RCMP’s reputation – really?!
The crux of the article and its slant on what they describe as “abnormal” behaviour is another matter entirely, I will not address that here except to say I whole-heartedly disagree.
The point is, you have to consider your day-to-day life, your job, your kids, spouse, relatives how it would reflect on you if what you write or look at came to light, could it be detrimental? (As an addendum regarding porn – for the love of Joe, rent porn! The amount of spam and trojans and hidden crap that comes along with it is not worth the agro.) Not to mention, remember what I said above – forever! You might be 17 and carefree now but what about in 40 years when you’re trying to get on the bench as a federal judge and the opposition roots around and finds those little gems?
You may think you’ve deleted things but the fact of the matter is, you can’t take things back on the internet/world-wide web. If someone wants to find it, they will. Tread lightly and write a good title.