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The "Scary" Blog: A Cautionary Tale

Sometimes I'm too naive for my own good.

Recently I was at a bookstore, picking up a book on blogging. The guy at the register glanced at the book and made some dismissive comment about how easy blogging was. I countered that there was more to it than I had first thought.

Then he made a comment about having his own blog. I perked right up.

On seeing my glint of interest, he backpedaled. "You don't want to see my blog," he told me. "It's scary."

I, the babe in the woods, responded soothingly, "Oh, I'm sure it's not!"

"Are you sure about that?"

My curiosity inched up. I kept at him.

Finally, he grabbed a small slip of paper and scribbled a few words on it. He held the paper out to me.

I glanced at the words and tried not to blanch. As nonchalantly as I could, I stuck the paper in my pocketbook, paid for my book and said, "Have a nice day."

All the way home, I thought about those words, which were the name of his blog. Yes, they did sound raunchy, but then again he could just have a wiseass blog with a fresh name.

At last I got home, threw off my coat and rushed to the computer. I Googled the blog name. And my jaw dropped.

His blog focused on a sexual practice I've never tried, will never try, and have no interest in learning about. But he was right about two things:

1. His blogroll was, as he told me, filled with blogs on the "same subject." Who knew it was so popular?


2. It was scary.

I should also note he blogs under a woman's name, and his (her) job profile looked pretty suspect, considering where I met him. A perfect example for kids who meet people online and think their new penpals are always honest.

Feeling older and (a little) wiser, I fled to the comfort and safety of my own cozy blog.


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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 1st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
oh, now, see you have my curiosity peaked!
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
LOL! I was afraid of that...

Seriously, I figured it was better if I didn't include any words that would draw Google searchers from his particular "niche" of the blogosphere.
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