I think I started using the Internet in 2002-2003 and began blogging in 2005. I have been a cyber citizen or netizen for ten years now.
I created many blogs, email and social media accounts, deleted some, and have maintained the rest, if not regularly. I am a member of some forums and groups.
Over the years, my Internet usage has changed in many ways. I spend a considerable amount of time on the net. However, I can go without it for days together.
I have also learned a lot, mostly by searching for answers and trying out solutions until I get them right. At the beginning if this year (2012), I created this website.
An extremely important thing I have learned is that if I have a blog or a social media account or even an email address:
- I may be noticed.
- I may attract unwanted attention.
- I may get unsolicited mails.
- I may find anonymous comments posted on my website or on my social media account.
- I may be praised.
- I may be ridiculed.
- I may be treated as a villain, vamp, victim, victor, or vanquished…
- I may be stalked.
- I may be quoted.
- I am accountable to my audience to a certain extent.
I realize that this comes with the territory. I handle these visits or comments in one of the following ways:
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. ~ Daniel Patrick Moynihan
- Ignore them
- Respond to them
- Thank them
- Engage in a conversation either at my website/account or theirs
- Use plugins, such as Akismet, that identify and block spam comments
- Delete any comment that bothers me
- Block visits from people who bother me
- Publish only those comments that are relevant to the post
- Change settings to restrict comments
- Deactivate or delete my accounts
- Avoid making retaliatory comments or accusations unless I am absolutely sure of the identity of the person(s) who visit or post comments
This post is dedicated to my audience, a small percent of whom I know and the rest who remain unknown. Regardless of whether you have been kind or malicious, your visits and comments to my blogs and accounts have encouraged me to always be alert. Thank you.