Monday, January 21, 2008
screw off, creeps.
ever noticed how in medical text books, they'll show a child with a visible disorder and they'll put that black bar over their eyes to give them some privacy? i always laughed at that, as though the eyes were the only thing identifying those children. gigs up...
i have been wrestling with the idea of putting any pictures up on my blog or as a seller on etsy. i think it's important to be able to put a product to a face in the case of the handmade craft movement. there is something normal about seeing the crafter, it makes it worth more for me. but then there is the part of me that is super neurotic... that thinks that as soon as there is a picture of me on a public website, all the creeps will want to come get me and my family.
i posted this very question on the etsy forums tonight, and i got mixed results... some were comfortable with the idea, because it's inane to think the online is the only venue that leaves you vulnerable... and there were others who just felt like NOT having pictures up was just inherently safer.
gigababy is what i consider a big-time blogger. she's got pictures of her and her family all over the place. gigs has a real opinion on issues of wreckless driving (i invite you to check out her blog). her opinion is not always well received by some people and they do try to find information on her. i worry, you know... but she doesn't and i love that about her. so that makes me think i'm totally insane to think that my little blog is any kind of risk.
but then if you read angry chicken, she never puts pictures of her children's faces or her family up for that matter. her blog is very popular... and she steers clear of visual identity for the most part.
so who's right? am i at risk if i'm on a public website, or not? :(