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Our Internet Footprint

When I first started blogging, I don’t think I ever seriously thought about the Internet footprint I would be leaving behind. We all know that you can never “get back” anything you put online. But, when I started this blog, I don’t think I really dwelled too much on that fact. We started the blog because I had met other bloggers that I liked and admired. We started it because I wanted a space to document our lives together. We’ve continued it because I feel like we have a strong point of view and we both want to share our life choices and philosophy with others. 
Still, it still sometimes strikes me as odd that two years ago, the only people who knew what the word “Florken” meant were Adam and I. I even recall Googling the term and getting no relevant hits back in the day. It was a secret way for Adam and I to refer to our lives… our family. But now, a simple Googling of the same term leads straight to this place. Even scarier are the Google Images — our faces are there for all to see! As I snuggled down in bed last night it suddenly struck me that even if one day Adam and I decided to leave this space, those images… those search results… that legacy will still, in some small way be there. It’s not like we are giant bloggers who have thousands and thousands of followers. We aren’t, nor are we ever truly likely to be. Still, the idea of a permanent Internet footprint should give us all a little pause.
If you blog, you put your life out there for all to see. Not everyone out there is nice. Not everyone out there will love you. Not everyone out there is harmless. These are negatives that exist and must be thought about. Before each post, I try to make sure we haven’t shared “too much.” I try to ask myself if this post could ever be embarrassing for future children. I try to ask myself whether I want it forever associated with our name and our family. It’s a hard balance to strike sometimes and all too often I have failed miserably at it, but I still try. 
For now, we love blogging. We love this space. We love what it offers and we love those we meet. However, I think I will always be slightly uneasy with our Internet footprint but maybe that’s for the best. Being wary of my own footprint just might keep me on my toes…
Do you ever worry about your own Internet footprint?

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  • Reply Alexes Eide

    Great post! I think about this all this time. However, I should of thought of it today before I posted haha. Seeing if my child googles my names, the blog and tons of other stuff comes out!

    December 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply The Jessa Olson Blog

    It is tough. I struggle with that sometimes because I will be done with this space. It's something you really don't think about.

    December 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Cece

    I thought about it just yesterday! I have a co worker who is super super private about everything and refused to even use social media and it got me wondering if I was saying too much putting my face and my thoughts out there for all to see. It's a fine line between too much and not enough and I try not to cross it but sometimes it's hard to tell for certain.

    December 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design

    It's an interesting thought. There's an XKCD comic (for everything, but also for this) that talks about how we'll have so much more information about our future presidents than our current ones, because right now, as teenagers, they're probably putting way too much information online. But it also points out that with everyone doing the same thing, one person's life stuff won't stand out too much more than anyone else's. And I guess I agree with that.

    I had a couple of posts that I hesitated to put up. I wasn't thinking about future children, I was thinking about grandmothers seeing it, but it's a similar reason. I decided to go for it anyway. There's nothing on there I wouldn't tell someone if they asked, just maybe a few things I don't freely offer in person.

    December 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply natalie brenner

    This is so true! I think of this often. It's awe-mazing.

    December 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Amber Thomas

    This is so spot on with my heart. But may I add that I blog knowing that this will be here one day for my kids to see. I want them to know me before them, to see my heart change and transform. And to realize they can do it themselves. Like it opens up space for them to see my progress and to be actively engaged in theirs. So I say, screw who doesn't want to watch me change and discover and go forth! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog

    And we love YOU. I've shared how I worry about this a lot especially since clients can find me. I would hate for my personal views to cause them harm. I also think about kids too.. I think that's normal…

    December 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Jo

    I never really thought of it – & then just for the heck of it, I googled myself… wow… yeah… I've been blogging for a long time. A LOT of info out there. Technology – some of it we don't even think twice about.

    December 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Elle Vee

    Admittedly I think about it a lot.

    I just make sure I never put anything that I would be ashamed of up ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Melissa Camacho

    sometimes I think about this too. Esp when it comes to the pictures and things like that. I'm definitely not a seasoned blogger like y'all and I'm sure my footprint is much smaller, but I do love your little piece of the internet.

    December 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Kay R.

    Oh I am very wary of this myself! I dont use my last name on my blog etc. I think adding in the fact that Im an attorney (Im sure you can agree) makes it even more … ticklish. I genuinely believe you two are doing a great job though. Googling florkens will only bring up good things!

    December 18, 2014 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Susannah

    I've always tried to be careful about what I put online but now that I have a son it is even more important to me that I'm conscientious about what I'm putting up for the world to see.

    December 18, 2014 at 2:55 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    It's weird because even if you take down your site and hide it from search results, any photos or mention of you on other sites will still be there. At least you have the shield of a fake last name! I definitely get freaked out when photos of me come up in search results, and usually end up taking them down – if I can. And I don't usually name photos I upload to my blog with my name. I've kept a very strict divide between personal and virtual life, with different email addresses and social media profiles, and it eases my mind.

    December 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Casey at The Messmers

    I didn't start thinking about this until a couple of months back. It's funny that you posted this because I have been thinking about it a lot lately, especially given my circumstances. When I first started a blog several years ago I was very cryptic about myself and gave everyone nicknames, which seems to be a popular thing with blogs. Then one day I decided I didn't want to hide anymore. I decided that if I was going to put my opinions out there, that I was going to stand behind them. Which worked so well for awhile. Sadly I didn't realize how much this could hurt my real life outside of the blog world. Recently I have been really debating with myself how I can be both. I want to be myself but protect my family and I just haven't found a way to do that yet, so here I sit in the middle. Soon enough I will find a get great middle ground and get back to telling the world my story. Until then, I will read posts like this and try to figure out where I stand.

    December 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply

    There was a time when I didn't worry about it at all – a good 7 or 8 years ago when I was much younger and naive. I didn't understand what it meant to filter… or that some things simply weren't appropriate posting material. At one point, yes… I did become quite fearful of my internet footprint because I found it used against me a few too many times.

    Now? I am wary but no longer as worried about it. What's done is done. I know better now how to filter myself and I firmly believe in using my freedom of free speech to talk about whatever I want to on my blog. You're totally right – not everyone is going to like me. Tough. I like me. ๐Ÿ˜›

    December 19, 2014 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Notes from a Newlywed

    For me, I worry about sharing too much where some creep could identity theft me, come rob my home or catfish me. There are some bad people in this world, and I know I probably reveal too much about my personal life, but for now, I choose to hope for the best, because talking about my life has been therapeutic. It is a scary world though, for sure. I do sometimes wonder if I'll embarrass myself or my husband inadvertently through this, but it's a risk that at least right now, is worth it. It's definitely a topic we should keep somewhere in our mind though.

    January 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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