13 January 2014

Oh, and I wanted to explain

I am not posting a lot of pictures of Katie on here anymore.

It's not that I don't want to share them. I think my girl is beautiful.

But, a few months ago, I was searching my traffic sources and someone found this blog by searching "cute baby girl with pacifier." Now, the Pollyanna side of me thinks that they were only looking with the best of intentions, but most of me is worried someone saved photos of my child for nefarious purposes, and that makes me physically ill. My family is very tolerant of my blogging habit--Left-brain knows his antics get posted on here, but all he asks is not to have his picture posted. And I comply with that, because he has a right to his privacy and I've seen women rip other women's husbands to shreds (this is one of my biggest pet peeves about women, just cause someone's husband doesn't "float your boat", it's not an excuse to make fun of him. I know my husband looks no better or worse than anyone else's husband, but he has feelings and I can't bear to have him criticized). But I have also had to learn Katie deserves that same privacy and protection, and part of me feels like I let her down, big time. And I refuse to allow that to happen. I do post them on FB, but you have to be a friend to see 99% of them--I can at least restrict who sees her on there for the most part. Blogs are great, but they don't offer that protection.

So, I'm backing off on posting them. I hope that people who read this understand.  I appreciate how some of you kept us in your prayers when I was pregnant, but I would like to think you would also want her protected from some weirdo online. I've been going back and forth about this, and it's eaten at me. So, please, it's nothing those who care did, (except if you're the person googling "cute baby girl with pacifier", then, yeah, it's you), it's me. And this may change as Internet security changes.

but if you want to see her and you have Facebook, friend me. A lot of you are my friends anyway. Otherwise, at least for now, I'm going to try to go without posting about her.


stitchersanon said...

I perfectly understand and I think you are right. I do want to set your mind at rest a little bit. I used to work in a Man's prison and had lot sof training re; what to look for in dodgy men crimes and the fact the search used was what it was doesn't ring alarm bells. Rather it sounds more like a student's search, looking for something for homework or an art assignment...I also taught in colleges. So on that score, let it go or it will eat you up. Absolutely you are right to take down the pictures and protect your daughter...think of this as a little nudge. It is a sad thing that we have to think like this but that is our job as parents...which means our worries are often out of perspective and we are over cautious, but as I say to my kids....that is my job: to worry and to care.

Vicky said...

Totally agree with you and look forward to catching up on Miss Katie's progress on facebook.

riona said...

A wise decision. I applaud your caution.

Annie said...

Wise move!

kimstitch3 said...

Definitely agree with you. Too many weirdos out there and we can't be too careful to protect our babies Rachael. I hope you have a great day hon,Kimberly in TN

Meari said...

I'm not on FB and have always enjoyed seeing your baby girl. It's sad that we have to protect ourselves and families from possible predators on the internet. I totally understand your decision.

The Sweet Shadow said...

makes sense. i've had my blog turned up by some pretty strange searches, but at least i'm writing fiction. things get different when the people are real.

whoever that person is, they'll get theirs.

Stitchinowl said...

A wise decision. Better to be on the safe side.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls