I hope you'll forgive me, but today I'm taking a break from Monday Musings - don't worry it will be back next week - to have a bit of a rant. You see, I'm mad, disgusted and sickened and I want to share my story as a a warning for those of you who put yourself out there in the blogging world and social media. When I first decided to start blogging I prepared myself for the trolls, people who might say mean or hurtful things, but thankfully I've never really run into that the whole time I've been on this space. What I hadn't prepared myself for was for my images to be used on Pinterest in conjunction with pornography.
That's right, some sicko has pinned all the images from my blog where I'm wearing my rain boots and put them on a board featuring plus-size naked woman in lewd positions. Just mine, no other regular fully clothed women in rain boots. Just the naked images and me. Needless to say, I'm completely freaked. On another board I'm featured with sexualized women in rain boots and then my innocent images as well. Everything is dirty and sexual, with the exception of my pins.
I've reported and blocked this person, but the question I keep asking myself is why? I have a small blog with a small group of readers, what about me attracted the attention of a pervert? I dress modestly, I try to stay above board on this space, but it still happened to me. I'm angry at this person for taking something that I've created and making it dirty, I'm angry at myself for putting myself and my family at risk - though I never in a million years thought that something like this would happen.
I've mentioned my daughter's name on this blog, I've pretty much given a road map to where I live, a little googling would make it easy to find me. And as much as I'm pissed at this person, I'm just as angry at myself for making myself into a target. I'm erasing all mentions of my daughter's name on this blog and I'm not certain I will ever refer to her again on this space. I've removed my location, what I do for a living, etc. Though it's kind of like trying to put the horse back into the barn - too little too late, though I'm not sure what else to do.
Have any of you bloggers out there run into this situation? Maybe I'm overreacting, but right now I'm feeling a big dose of fear, a lot of angry and a prevailing sickness to my stomach. I pray that none of you run into my situation and caution you to protect yourself, as much possible these days online.
As much as a love my Hunters, I'm not sure I'm ever going to be comfortable posting them on here again. And that makes me mad too. People can be sick - this I know - but I want to do everything possible to protect myself and my family. I don't know the person who did this, it could be anyone. Maybe it's just a dirty fetish, maybe it's more. But I'm questioning if for the protection of myself and my family if I need to step away from blogging. Maybe not posting pictures of rain boots if enough, maybe block and reporting the person will stop it, but you don't know about people I worry it's too late?