This is a subject that has been really bothering me all week and I have spent some time on twitter asking people's advice.
I am very new to the world of blogging and for the first time on Tuesday I checked where the traffic was coming from on my blog. I found that a few people that were searching for disgusting things on google had been coming to my site. Not many, and to be fair it didn't look like they had stayed long, but still if after a month of blogging this is happening surely it can only get worse?
When I first started blogging I wasn't going to reveal my real name and I most certainly wasn't going to put on photo's of me and my family. However when I started looking into blogs and started to put together my own reading list I discovered that a lot of mummy bloggers did post photos of their children. I am exceptionally proud of my daughter so I thought well why not? Plus I also noticed that the blogs that I enjoy the most are ones with personal photo's on there, these are the one's which seem to engage me and grab my attention.
All was well and I was really enjoying blogging about my family and putting photos on of Mads for my Gallery and Silent Sunday posts. Then on Tuesday I found out excitedly that I could check my stats and see all sorts of reports on how people were getting to my site and how they were finding me on google. Some completely innocent, some a little bit strange. (A lot of people have found my site by looking up Hairy Daddy?!) And then a few people were finding it by looking up obscene search words.
When I first saw this I completely panicked and posted on twitter asking for advice. I got some lovely reassurance from Karin at Cafe Bebe, and also Emma at The Real Supermum and Karen at Would like to be a Yummy Mummy who also explained that they had the same worries. (If you click on their two blog names you will be directed to their thoughts on the subject.) I also spoke at long length with Mr E who said that as long as I was careful why should I stop doing something that I enjoyed, at the end of the day there could be weirdo's looking at Mads in Tesco's, and if you thought that way you would never leave the house. I decided it was right to be cautious but to put it down as a lesson learned.
Today however I have checked again and now I have noticed that I have been getting a lot of hits from a referring URL which is an image sharing website. Again this could be completely innocent but I am now worried that people are sharing my photos. I have decided that I am going to try and put a Copyright logo on my images from now on (or when I can get Mr E to design me one!) but again it has made me wary.
I understand that this sort of thing happens a lot and that I shouldn't be so sensitive but the thought of someone looking at my photos of Mads in a strange way or sharing my photos as their own makes me feel physically sick. I have spoken to my Mum about it too, as well as discussing it with Mr E again and they have said that I should just relax and try not too worry but I do find it really difficult. I don't want to stop posting photo's but I just have this at the back of my mind now and I am finding it really hard to shake it off. When it comes to my personal facebook account I have thousands of photos on there but I have the maximum privacy levels so only friends can look at my photos and content, therefore why am I posting photos on my blog which is completely open and free to all?
Am I being over sensitive? Should I just accept that I am putting on innocent photos that you could see in any magazine or television advert? Should I stop putting photos of her and my family on there? If I prefer blogs that have photos on does that mean I will lose potential readers by not adding them? Does everyone get dodgy searches?
If anyone has any comments I would really appreciate it.