Daily Prompt: Tread Carefully

How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PRIVATE.

I’ve been self-employed since 1997 and being thus means that you have to blow your own horn because let’s face it, even if you’re the best darn massage therapist in the world, if you don’t let anyone know, no one will.  Maybe your cat or dog will know and appreciate your skilled hands,  or your significant other.  Or your friends even – though I’ve heard of massage instructors who tell students not to work on friends while practicing because it makes for awkward situations when it’s time to charge them.  However it only makes me question what type of friends this person has or had.

When I started my massage practice, I worked on friends to build up my skills set which helped spread the word about my skill, or lack therof – depending who you talked to.  And living by the beach in a popular beach town definitely helped, especially if you knew every happy hour schedule of every bar along the strip and people knew what you were up to on a day-to-day-keg-special basis.

Now an online presence for your professional self is one thing.  There’s not much about me on my professional site – just my session offerings and rates, my private practice and teaching schedules, and maybe some random information about massage and bodywork.  It’s pretty boring actually.

But I can’t really NOT post my email address or my phone number if I want prospective clients to contact me, so there goes my privacy there.  After all, I need someone on my massage table/mat if I want to actually work and make a living.

But to have a personal blog, such as this one is a whole different story.  So I try to post daily prompts only, although these damn daily prompts often venture into really private territory and have a knack of making me dig up the old skeletons in the closet without the supervision of some psychotherapist and I find myself revealing more of myself than I ever intended.

However, when it comes to Facebook, it’s a whole different enchilada as well.  Even with all the privacy settings you check off, it’s really not that private.  Definitely not when it comes to the powers behind Facebook and their advertisers.  Whether I like it or not, they probably know more about me than I am aware of.  I’ve even heard that as long as you’re still logged on Facebook while you’re online, they can still track all the sites you’ve visited.

Now isn’t that scary?

Guess I now have to make sure I’m logged off all the networking sites before I check out some porn…

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