The world is full of weird people who do weird things. As bloggers we are somewhat open to the weirdos of the world attracting themselves to us. When you post about your life or put information about yourself on the internet you’re bound to attract some weird people into your space. I had no idea that being a blogger would almost make me open and accessible to whoever, whenever. Its really scary if you think about it too hard. But I know one thing for sure. That the internet has no shortage of weird people.
This is one of the main reasons as to why I choose to keep personal information about myself away from the internet. My personal social media accounts are private and will remain that way for a very long time. I am so cautious about who I let into my online space, and you should be too. I always tell other bloggers to keep their private life private and keep all personal information away from the internet. Like where you work or even sometimes your full name. I have regrets sometimes about using my full name on the internet, but its just a name. You cant get anymore information from it other than that.
I thought for todays post I would share some of the weird things that have happened to me as a blogger. In hopes that it will make you think twice about sharing certain things online or not having your personal online accounts private. This is supposed to be a light hearted and funny post but in all seriousness. If you are a blogger, do what you can to keep you and your love ones protected.
So this is a weird and wonderful story. I woke up this morning and got two emails saying that I had signed up to two separate dating profiles. One called Muslima.com and one called Thaicupid.com. Of course I did not do this, but why would someone use my email address to sign up for dating profiles? As I clicked to unsubscribe from these email alerts, it allowed me access to the profiles and I saw the name and messages this weird person had done.
I thankfully managed to change the email of the account and delete the accounts. But who knows if this will happen again. My blog email is on my blog and on other platforms I have. Purely so that brands and other creators can contact me. No matter what you do, there will be people who do weird things like that. So just watch out!
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One of the most weird things thats happened to me as a blogger is having really strange emails be sent to me. I check my blog email junk regularly and it always has some email from an African general telling me they want me to have a cut of the 5.8 million dollars they have found. Some of them go as far as asking for my address and bank details to send me the funds. Obviously I know this is a phishing email but its still so annoying to get them on a regular basis. I have also had people email me being very rude. Demanding a job from me due to losing theirs. Or just asking me what theme I use without asking how I am or anything else. I think people forget we are humans and that we have feelings.
If you ever get an email you aren’t sure of. Report it and then delete it. I can imagine so many people have fell for these types of emails not realising how bad it could be for them.
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Number one on the list of weird things is for sure copy cats. At first I thought it was flattering that people wanted to copy my content. Then I found it plain weird. I have had people copy nearly everything about me. From what I put on social media to what I write on my blog. I know it can be hard to come up with original content and I have struggled with this myself when I first started blogging. But there’s a fine line between being inspired by other creators and just out right copying them.
It gets almost creepy that someone would do it. Like they’re trying to be you. When in reality you are you, and I am me. And thats what makes life amazing. No two people are the same. Make sure you find your own feet as a creator. You’ll be taken more seriously and be seen as a much more authentic blogger if you do.
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