Three Ways to Protect Yourself as a Chick Blogger
1. Don’t argue with fools
Resist the temptation to become involved in multi-blog debates over sensitive topics, particularly where women are the subject and the attention is negative. You not only have to account for the blogger, but also for all of the mentally unstable people who might be following that blogger. Involving yourself in a debate that is targeted at a group turns a rather vague conversation into a personal one. Don’t put a target on your back unnecessarily.
Never link to a blogger who has already demonstrated a distaste for women or a certain group of women. Never approve comments that are hateful or scary, either. Do the world a favor and mark them as spam; it’s deserved punishment for idiocy.
2. Keep your home address off the books
This address should not be anywhere, as far as I’m concerned. My bank doesn’t even have my home address! Never put a home address on your blog, in your email marketing template, in your Paypal records, or in the records associated with domains that you purchase or hosting plans. If you used to do this, just don’t do it going forward, if/when you move.
This is critical if you are working from home. Your home is precious. Spend the money to get a PO Box or private mail box. Your safety and your family’s safety is worth the price and a lot more.
3. Lock up your Facebook
It still amazes me that people choose to use the Facebook profile feature for their business networking rather than the pages. The pages, while somewhat limited in their networking capability, offer the most amount of privacy. Someone said to me a few months ago that my Facebook profile was as secure as a famous prison (I can’t remember which one) and I take that as a compliment! It’s difficult to find me or befriend me on Facebook and that’s on purpose. Joining people’s Facebook pages is about as much risk as I can take when it comes to Facebook.
Why? Because Facebook is a network – it’s a web. Your connections can expose you, whether or not they mean to. And, you can expose your connections – your parents, your siblings, and other people who may not be as cavalier online as you are. In all seriousness, I do warn against using your Facebook profile for networking. LinkedIn is a much better, and more private, tool for that.
Blogging and social networking together are enjoyable, for some even profitable, and for many, a smart way to do business. However, please be wise. Assume nothing while at the same time, assuming everything. Calculate the risk you are taking as a blogger, and cover all of your privacy bases.
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