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The Blog Stalker

When I first started exploring the idea of sharing my thoughts through blogging one of my networking buddies recommended that I visit the blog of a well known tech blogger. He made that recommendation because I said I didn’t want to write about facts and events, I wanted my blog to be about ideas, notions and random connections and to invite people to agree or disagree but mostly to inspire them to think and challenge their own perspectives. It may seem odd that he thought I should read a tech blog but that was exactly the point - it wasn’t purely a tech blog, it was a blog by a techie who wrote as much about the impact technology was having on our lives as she did about the technology itself. But when I did visit her blog the last several posts weren’t about technology at all. They were about her traumatic experience with a stalker. This person started with comments on her blog, progressed to emails, then to written letters. It started with derogatory raving and went to death threats and explicit pictures. It ended with her being under police protection and having to cancel an appearance at the Emerging Technologies conference, which, ironically, my friend and client Wendy Gauntt of CIO Services attended. I was horrified, I was sympathetic, but I wasn’t scared. This stalker wasn’t taking these actions because of anything she’d written, he was obsessed with HER. Therefore, I reasoned, this wouldn’t happen to me. And it didn’t, at least not to that extent. But earlier this month I found out there is someone out...