Like so many people all around the world, I blog. Not very often, not as much as I should, but I do find time to contribute every now and then. My main blog is devoted to my journey to becoming published. I also publish a gardening blog and a jewelry making blog. I had a now-neglected secret and totally anonymous blog where I spouted off about my daily problems. Several blogs are springboards to my writing projects. I have also used the idea of a rogue blog as a recurring theme for one of my novels.
I’ve utilized various blogging platforms, including Live Journal, Blogger, and WordPress. I like WordPress best; it’s simple. I’m simple-minded and I don’t have a lot of time to waste learning the ins and outs of online media. Just like my favorite market, if I’m not in there and out in less than five minutes, you’ve lost me as a customer.
One nice feature of WordPress is that you can moderate comments. You can also see the IP addresses of anyone who comments. (For those who just visit, there are programs for tracking your traffic, Stat Counter among them.)
I’ve been maintaining my main blog for three years. I’m no blogging sensation; if I have more than a couple of visitors, it’s a champagne moment. If any of them comment, it’s “Whee!” and “Squee!” As with all of my writing, my primary audience is me. If I can hook anyone else into my weird world, that’s a bonus.
The other day I decided to take a peek and had comments to moderate. One was particularly snide. It wasn’t snide as in SPAM bot snide, this comment was personal. I decided to allocate it to SPAM but not before jotting down the IP address.
I had time on my hands, so I decided to Google the IP address. Up comes the city, state, area code, and IP provider. Not only that, but the longitude and latitude!
With this information, I went to iTouchMap.com and entered the coordinates. Up pops a bubble indicating exactly where the computer was located, which happened to be approximately five miles away from my house.
Modern technology is just so damned crafty.
A word to the wise and unwise Internet trolls: You might be able to hide behind a phony email address and a cutesy name, but when even an internet dummy like me can find your physical location, it might be time to give up your hobby of harassment.