What with the current rise of crimes in Malaysia, this has been bogging my mind for quite some time now. And quite frankly, it scares me.
Have you ever thought of how safe bloggers are when we're "offline"?
It's amazing of how much we subconsciously reveal to the world via the Internet. Through our words, we are read like an open book. We post pictures of ourselves on our blogs (some of us in skimpy bikinis, even). We post photographs of our children, our spouse, our family, our house, etc. We pretty much revealed to the world.
Are we safe?
We have flame wars with other bloggers on the Internet over sensitive matters such as religion, socio-political issues, etc. What if someone crosses the line and physically take that anger out on the real world?
Again, are we safe?
How different are the so-called celebrity bloggers from the local celebrities? Both are widely photographed and widely talked about (not in pay, I'd imagine :p).
Are these celeb bloggers safe too?
I once came across an article in a local magazine, which featured a very popular lady blogger. However, in the article, it was not mentioned that she was a blogger, just an average jane who won a competition. But I recognised her from the many photographs she posted of herself on her blog. Her real name was not mentioned in her blog, but in the article, her full name was published.
Anonymity is dead, people.
It's not difficult to find out where a blogger lives when he/she post photographs of their house, of the surroundings, etc. By following their blogs, the photographs could tell me where you live and where you work. By looking at the photographs you post of your living room, I know what valuables you have. By reading your journal, I know where you have been, and where you will be.
We're getting more and more recognised by any Tom, Dick and Sally with Internet access. With our blogs, our lives become someone else's life. We witnessed one's heartbreak, one's loss of a job, one's wedding, one's birth of a child, to one's death. Yet, we do not personally know them.
When we religiously follow another person's blog, do we come to a point where we get angry if he/she does not update often? Rejected if he/she leaves and stops blogging altogether? Have we then subconsciously become stalkers?
Having said all this, with our lives open for the world to see, could we also unwittingly become open targets for crimes?
What do you think?