Not sure if this is a matriarch question or not.
My blog is mainly sermons, which I started as part of being involved in RGBP Saturday Night preacher party. My blog doesn’t have my name on it, but it wouldn’t be too hard for someone to work out who I am if they wanted to know. I noticed last week that I have a new follower on my blog, whose name I did not recognize. I have been able to follow through the links to find his blog. Why would someone so sure of the TRUTH – lots of capitals in the blog – want to follow a blog that is very different theology to what their blog espouses? My first reaction was to wonder if someone is checking up on me, but I can’t imagine who, or why. My theological perspective is within the broadness of the denomination I am part of, so that isn’t an issue.
I know that what I put in the blog is there for all to see, but somehow this spooked me, now I feel a bit foolish for letting it worry me. Maybe I am just feeling paranoid. Should I be worried?
From Muthah+ who blogs at Stone of Witness
After a colleague shared her experience of being stalked, I am a bit more aware of what some folks have to deal with. I have never had that happen due to my blog work or because of anything I say. I am aware that many of the things that I write or say make me vulnerable to all kinds of criticism and professional attack, but I set myself up for that knowingly and welcome it because I believe it is part of how people interact with difficult issues. I tend not to engage with comments on my blog. And I do moderate all comments. I do not tolerate inconsiderate posts.
But your issue does not seem to be about what you are writing. It is more of the presence of someone who is following you for personal reasons. It isn't paranoia when it is just good sense. Pay attention to those 'icky' feelings and find a way to block this person from commenting or following your blog. If he is local, perhaps a background check is in order. Maybe some of our more geekie sistahs can tell you how to block him. Be safe but don't stop what you are doing. If what you are preaching is the Gospel, never fear preaching it!
From Martha, who blogs at Reflectionary
Take it from someone whose Internet history stretches back to Usenet: some people will do anything to get attention. Unless you see something very specifically tying the person to your own community or denomination, I would guess this one is what we call a Troll, a person whose intention on the Internet is to sow discord and create disruption. And the first rule when dealing with them is "Don't Feed the Troll." There is a man who has followed some of our ring members and left comments here in the past--very conservative and full of CAPS--and it wouldn't surprise me if you have attracted the same guy. The Christian Troll is a slightly different variety. He (or she, but mostly he) wants to sow discord and create disruption in the name of Jesus. The same rules apply. Do not feed.
With sad experience (so do as I say, not as I did)
My experience with these folks is that they eventually lose interest and seek other places. If they begin to comment negatively, then there are ways to handle that (3 Ways to Deal with an Internet Troll - http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-an-Internet-Troll ). It sounds like your blog is not exactly inflammatory and its content is in line with your own beliefs and the tenets of your denomination so even if it is someone from your congregation or denomination that is 'checking up on you' there should be no problem.
Don't let your imagination of the unknown get the better of you (in other words, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain). That said, if things do start to escalate via comments or other means - it may be wise to keep track and pay attention.
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