11.16.2008

Wrestling

I think it's something that we have all thought about in the blog world and some of us - actually have done it.

Gone Private.

I've been wrestling with it all weekend.

Although, I can't bring myself to do it - yet. I have been doing a little housecleaning around The Dirt. I have edited every post. Changing out my children's names and ours as well. Deleting photos. Deleting some posts all together. In an attempt to make things more secure. Make me more secure. (wow - i really write in fragments. is that how i talk too?)

I hate checking my Analytics or Sitemeter and seeing questionable activity. Not knowing people's intentions. Man, that really bugs, but I love reconnecting with old friends and making new ones via the blog world. I love that there are actually people out there who think that my blog is worthy of their daily reads. Really guys, thanks!

Anyway, before I get all mushy my point is that, if you don't have a Sitemeter or Analytics account I totally advise it.


The End.

Moving on.


Oh yes, it is birth-week for one of my favorite girls.

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And we are going to be having a lot of fun around here...

That is, after I get these freaking stitches out of my mouth and can laugh and smile with everyone and not look totally creepy while doing so.

23 comments:

erica grover said...

so wait...are you going private or not? I have decided i won't ...for the time being. Too many wonderful people out there to get to know...and i won't let stupid people stop me from finding people like you! :)

eRiCa said...

ps I gotta know how long it took to edit all your posts...cause that to me is daunting...maybe i'll do it this weekend....

mrs. gardiner said...

Not going pivate.

It didn't take too long. I have about 200 posts. I opened about 25-50 at once, made the necessary changes and re-published. It was awesome!

It really sucked, but I tell you I feel so much better about it all. I couldn't bring myself to changing my blog name because I love love love The Dirt, so I just changed everything else. Daunting? Yes. But totally worth my piece of mind

Booker & Krystal said...

Well, just so you dont think i'm a creepy stalker from Canada, I thought i'd introduce myself! my name is Krystal (obviously from Canada) stumbled across your blog from a friends, you said she enjoyed it! I enjoy your writing style and think you're pretty funny!

mrs. gardiner said...

Hi Krystal. Welcome. You are anything but creepy.

Mandy said...

I'm another creepy stalker, finally admitting to my crime. Mandy from Canada here. I can't quite remember exactly how I came across your blog - a link from someone else's blog most likely. Either way, I enjoy reading your posts. :-)

Jason and Tiffany said...

I feel the same way. I am on the fence about that too. my sis-in-law has officially freeked me out, I just want to block the creepies, not potential friends. :) I love your blog.

Megan said...

I found your blog via Sheena J. I have loved reading your blog. And it is a daily read for me. Your girlz are so cute! Hope you don't mind me taking a looksy?!

I am sad that all of the blogs I love to read are going private...

mrs. gardiner said...

I hope you all know that I LOVE the blog world and love meeting new people.

Please feel welcome here.

Sometimes a little Mama Bear comes out, that's all. I think we could all be a little more careful about how we post about the things we care about most.

sheena said...

i know i know i know. I hate private blogs too. I cannot believe you changed every post! way to go!!! but now I'm feeling the need to do it too....

sometimes I wish I were amish. I bet they don't worry about creepy internet people.

SBAM said...

Amen. I think about it sometimes, too, but I am like you and don't want to close off access to people I like. My friend does the same thing as you have decided to and just doesn't post her kids names. She calls them big sis, little sis and baby sis. It's making me think some more!

The Hyde Family said...

Should I be worried about my own? I have only had one weird comment but it seemed pretty harmless. I don't think that many people are looking...anyway better safe than sorry. Thanks for blogging, it's so fun to know what you guys are up to.

nicwoo said...

I just realized i usually mention an abbreviated version of your name in comments. I will not do that anymore-
It seems that since you are linked to etsy (a crowd not known for their creepiness) you are getting traffic that way, too. Maybe not. But there's mostly moms that either have a blog, or shop in venues like etsy and it is an easy inclination to just 'paruse around. Being girls, getting ideas.' You really have an amazing blog that is interesting and fun to look at! That's your biggest problem. ;)

nicwoo said...

And -silly me!- happy bday week to "Darling Ambidextrous Girl!" Party, party!!

Carly said...

I'm a stalker too. Oh wait know already know me. Your pictures are too cute and your posts are too awesome to go private!

Carly said...

Oh and P.S. Happy Birthday to little miss Blondie! She's so darn cute. Miss you guys!

mrs.kristin said...

I know how you feel, but in the opposite direction. I'd love for my blog to be public, but then I don't want my students reading my blog or knowing more information about me than they need to know.

You blog is seriously the best that I read. Very entertaining. Sometimes I feel like I'm reading a novel. You really have a talent for writing.

banananutmeg said...

I just signed up for sitemeter...but I think maybe I'm not smart enough to make it work or something...it always has me logged in, even after I log out, anyone can see all the info, is that normal? I just installed it an hour ago, and had lots of trouble. I think I'm just going to have a friend fix everything for me. I'm too stressed out to figure it out...and blogging used to be relaxing for me!
today is....argh, just a monday.

mrs. gardiner said...

Yeah Meg that is normal. I actually like Sitemeter better.

I know how your feel.

I'm actually not to worried about it. I am pretty trusting though and give everyone the benefit of the doubt and since I made my little changes I feel 100x better.

Garrison Propaganda said...

ugh what a lot of work, but good for you! sometimes i worry for people with all the information they put out on themselves. i stumbled across a friends website i hadnt seen for a while and easily figured out where she lived by pictures in the background. (area codes on school busses). and im no pro!

speaking of not being pro, i feel like my mom, but what are the functions of sitemeter and analytics?

loved goose girl. read it for bookclub a while ago. doesnt elicit a lot of discussion but cute. have you read anything else by her? im ready for a new good book after finishing a great one. (these is my words).

Rasmussen boys and 1 girl! said...

I'm glad your not going private, I LOVE your blog. It's nice to keep up with people from home. Your family is beautiful. Congrats on nursing school by the way!

TheKeilShpeel said...

I love your artsy fun blog too. So did you just take everyone's name out? I've been debating about it too on and off for months but I've been doing this for 3 years now. I actually turned our first year (2006) in to a book and I LOVE it and I just wonder how it would be in a book without names? ya know! Are you going to turn your's into a book?

Jen said...

Hi - I'm a little late on this post (been sick and haven't read the Dirt in awhile). Anyway, I'm just a stalker from KS who stumbled onto your blog somehow about a year ago. Maybe it was through a friend of a friends blog...can't really remember. Anyway, I found your blog interesting, your girls adorable, and btw - we attend the same church. So I hope you don't go private b/c I love visiting.

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