*Sigh*! It took a long while. I thought and thought and thought about whether or not this was a good idea. I was asked by everyone what happened to my blog. And as a recap – if any of you remember – I had someone who basically hacked and stalked my life for a while. Posting photos that were inappropriate claiming they were me, e-mailing my contacts on FB and all my e-mail accounts (including employers/colleagues) with disgusting propositions. He texted me, e-mailed me, called me – threats and more threats. I fought back on my blog. And then he came here to fight me too.
That was when I made the decision that I could not do this anymore. I learned that FB and hotmail do not have expeditious ways to deal with security related issues. The cyber crimes unit of the police were as helpful as they could be, except that they had to obtain a warrant that would need to be served to hotmail via a general e-mail address and could not guarantee when they would be able to do anything. They asked me things like “Who hates you?”, “What about your ex? Is he angry with you?”, “Any friends you had any recent conflict with?”, “Would there be any reason that someone would want to harm you or hurt you or seek revenge for anything?”.
I’m supposed to be a person who has more understanding about online and digital things – especially in regards to marketing, communications, PR and advertising. How could this be happening to me? Comments and e-mails both positive and negative flew into this blog. Some blaming me, some poking fun at the fact that I should know better because of my career and interest. Others, thankfully – supportive! I shut down my blog. I had to fight this crazy person, I couldn’t be fighting the general public too.
But, because I had more requests to bring back my blog than not. Because I had multiple tweets from different people in my industry to bring it back, I’ve been in the process of setting myself back up for the last two months. And thanks to @AlphaStar, @ShambledRambler and @WonderMoms_ca combined with a Happy TwBirthday recognition from @TwBirthday and @Tor_Twop_1000, I grew a pair and decided that my personal brand, my career and my knowledge are worth more to me than the people who tried to tear it to shreds. I’m back.
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