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International Mystery: When The World Visits Your Blog

When I speak of “International Mystery,” I’m not referring to MHz’s excellent line-up of detective shows featuring Montalbano, Van Veeteren, Wallander and Maigret. What’s more, this post completely ignores those case-cracking inspectors, Morse, Lewis, and Lynley, who hang out over at BBC Television. Instead, I am using the word international to refer to the list of countries from which my websites have been accessed.  In alphabetical order, they include: Australia Canada China Cyprus France Germany India Indonesia Israel Peru Russian Federation Scotland Spain United Kingdom United States Getting To Know A Fellow Book Lover The mystery part of the equation is my curiosity about those people in faraway lands who have, accidentally or not, visited my sites. A part of me wishes I could g...

Blog Posts Are Forever – Be Careful What You Write

Over the past few years, I’ve come across an increasing number of posts from people who share a lot of private stories on a blog.  I’m all grown up and I’ve (so far) lived a reasonably interesting life; it’s true. Yet I still find myself surprised when bloggers write personal, sensitive information that isn’t even about them — it’s about someone they know. Too much information, a.k.a., TMI, people! When I set up my first blog, I was completely unaware that the next chapter of my future would hold a non-stop series of new beginnings, painful endings, major happenings, funny mistakes, completely avoidable mistakes, one-of-a-kind blessings, and unexpected deaths. Oh, and love. I want to tell you everything. More times than I can count, I’ve set my fingers on this very keyboard wit...