Lisa wrote a post a long time ago (last May when we were a brand new blog) called “12 year old wants her belly button pierced.” This post has been our most read post. It’s had 5,377 views. We’ve had 135 Responses. I had to close the comments yesterday. I didn’t want to delete it so I just shut her down. This is what happened and what made me do it and I wondered if any of you have ever had to do this and what do people really think when they leave comments or even “travel” around on the Internet.
I’m sure most of the bloggers here know what an IP Address is but for those of you who don’t, here are some Definitions of an IP address. This is what happened and what has me wondering why people do stuff like this.
This belly button piercing sees a lot of hits daily and a few comments every now and then even though it’s just shy of a year old. I don’t really pay attention to them anymore to be honest with you. I do read every comment on this blog though so I still know most of them are kids or worse yet, adults who haven’t grown up. If you have never read through these and need a shock one day, read some of the things people have had to say.
I was at a wedding on Saturday night and when I got home I saw that there were 4 new comments and I thought “not again” but I went to look at them. The aviator icons were all the same so I knew it was the same person but one of the names were different. I’m not sure if you know this or not but every email address has it’s own icon so I knew whoever this person was, was using the same email address. I also knew this person didn’t know this because she was talking back and forth to herself in the comments. Can you even imagine? Egging “each other on” and they are the same person?? Okay then. So I looked closer in the comments and did some IP checking and this has gone on throughout the entire post. The biggest bust was 9, yes 9 different names with the same IP address. This person must have known about the aviators but not the IP address’s or thought I wouldn’t look. Which I didn’t until things started falling into place. In other words, you can use the same IP address but if you change the email, the icon will be different. It’s the email address that makes the icons not the IP address. So, Layla, Avril, LiLo, Sammyyyyyyy, lily, El, Stacy, LeAh and elizaa were all the same person. Rosie and Mollie were also. So much for the stats on that post now and I got sick of reading these kids anyway so I just stopped allowing comments.
BUT….It really does make me wonder if kids and a lot of adults know there is a footprint left when you go places online. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know these things before I started blogging. I’m completely self taught so what I didn’t know, how would I know? I mean if you don’t know, how do you look or more importantly, why would you look? You just don’t know. I knew there was a “history” on your own computer and I kind of knew places not to go that have a tendency toward carrying virus’s but I didn’t know you left this kind of thing.
When I first got sitemeter, I’ll admit in the beginning I spent a lot of time looking around and seeing where everyone was coming from. You can find out where people are coming from but not “who” they are. You can see the IP’s and states and even what browser is being used. You can see who’s on your site and what they are reading. You can see all kinds of things. I got bored with it after a while and can’t tell you the last time I looked. The Dashboard on WordPress also tells you an awful lot but again, I just don’t spend a whole lot of time reading these things because a lot of stuff, I just didn’t know what any of it actually means. But it will tell you what tags were used to search and who’s blog you were on if you clicked on my name somewhere on their blog and came to mine that way. It really is hard to hide “if” someone is looking around.
I can tell the “kids” who did this are “kids” because of the language and bad spelling and grammar but don’t they know this? Maybe they don’t care but an adult isn’t going to say “Joy, you’re a real downer” or “Joy, I don’t like you” or “Joy, your kids won’t like you when they grow up if you never let them do anything”. Well they are grown up and I think they like me just fine. I guess what I feel the worst about is I didn’t catch on to it sooner. Nikki, Sue and I have talked about this many times over the last year and we can’t believe how long this post has lived. Now to find out a lot of it was a couple of people playing with us.
Has this ever happened to you or don’t you ever pay attention to your stats and comments? Had I not seen the same aviator icon the other night with different names, I wouldn’t have checked but I’ll be a lot more aware now.