I'll raise my hand, I was doing it yesterday.
I find the stats tab on my blog (it's not public) to be absolutely fascinating. I love checking out where in the world the people who are reading this are. The last little while it's been interesting watching the key words people are finding my blog with as well. They range from the obvious:
- digging out and up
- digging up and out
- up and out blog cassie
To the interesting:
- clothing budget woman 60,000 a year
- what to do if my wallet is stolen in canada
- 18007147257 busy
To the downright strange:
- i don't wash my face anymore - seriously? That's how you found me?
- the year before along - I don't know what this means?
- the end of the - what? debt? world? ice cream cone?
I was quite surprised when my name started showing up in people's searches, but I thought it was kind of cool. Then yesterday I noticed that someone had google searched my full name.
I only write with my first name, and I've been working on going through and taking my last name down off my recreational internet stuff seeing as more people are reading it. So, seeing my full name typed into a search engine was a little unnerving. Anyone who knows my full name should know if they want to know something about me they can just ask. Who else would be doing it? Then it hit me.
You know that blood running cold feeling you get when you realize you may have forgotten something important? I definitely got that.
So I searched myself.
Up popped twitter, with a link to my blog, followed by LinkedIn, a newspaper article interview, a woman in the states, another blogging site, another woman in the states, a page with my parent's address on it from when I lived abroad, and so on and so forth. Surprisingly enough, no Facebook.
It was a quick, if incomplete, snapshot of me. There is nothing I'm ashamed about by any means. The only thing I can see being construed as negative is my financial position, but frankly I don't think money should be a taboo subject. If anything I think getting it out in the open helps take some of the stress out, and facilitates communication with others on how to fix the problem.
So, I feel okay for now. I should have gone through and given myself the search engine thumbs up before I started applying to places, but hind sight is 20/20.
To Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss Recruiter: HIRE ME!!! :D
To everyone else, have you googled yourself lately?