Monday, June 23, 2008

Why WCK is WCK

When I first started my blog, I was a little nervous about putting information about my child on the Internet. At the same time, I didn't want to have to password-protect my blog, because I wanted other myeloma patients to be able to find me. I've been able to connect with a lot of people this way.

My solution was to call my child"World's Cutest Baby" or WCB. When she was two, I upgraded her to "World's Cutest Kid" or WCK. I've never posted her real name or her photo. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being too paranoid. I have lots of friends who post photos of their kids on their blogs, and everything is fine. Plus, I'm sure I've provided enough information about us that someone who was truly psycho could hunt us down if he/she really wanted to.

Am I being paranoid? Should I just use her name and post her photo? After all, she does have a beautiful name and she IS the World's Cutest Kid, after all.

Then, the other day, I was looking at my report from Google Analytics. This is a free service that tells you all kinds of things about visitors to your blog: How many people visited you, how long they stayed, where they live, things like that. You can look at all of the search terms people used to find you on Google. They range from heartbreaking ("dying of multiple myeloma") to hilarious and bizarre ("is it bad if your rabbit has a bloody nose?"). Most of them are completely harmless, but there were also a few creepy ones in there, too. Apparently, my post about WCK's obsession with public restrooms caused my blog to pop up on Google when someone searched for "video of men going pee in the restroom." Icky. Someone else searched for "video of girls having dex." Usually this kind of typo would make me laugh, but this person viewed two pages of my blog.

Eeeeew. Creepy. I don't want this person looking at pictures of my kid.

So WCK she is. WCK she shall stay.


Abigail said...

Ew! Off to check my report again.

rachel's friend jill said...

I learned about your blog from a close friend, who was (one of?) your college roommate. I come to your site, almost daily, because it always makes me laugh and I cheer for your dex and M-spike lowerings, and feel sad when the news isn't so great. It's a great blog. So all those hits from Tucson are me. Or at least some of them.

I admit, however, that I have thought your 'no WCK picture policy' was slightly paranoid, even though I completely understood and respected that decision. That is, until I read your post today. I now completely support this policy. "Ew" is right.

On a related note, I have seen a picture of you and have heard WCK's name in past conversations with my friend. Neither of them were what I pictured. But not in a bad way. :)

Thanks for your blog. It always brings me at least a chuckle and I'm sure it does so much more for the myeloma patients that visit.

Sunshine said...

I cheer you for your caution regarding your precious Little One.
Seems to me it is prudent to avoid exact dates of important days like birthdays and anniversaries... Names, etc. Good to not have her picture.. as much as we would love to see her.. and no one will see little ones from our family either.
Don will be seeing Dr. Lacy for blood tests, etc. on Thursday.

Margaret said...

After my myeloma diagnosis in late 2005, I spent a lot of time online looking for info and other myeloma patients. That's how I found your blog (via Beth's blog, as I recall).
Then, when I first set up my own blog (March 2007, and by the way your blog was one of my first links), I decided not to use my surname or publish a photo of myself. Oh boy, now I am SO glad I didn't! There are a lot of wacky folks out in cyberspace. Luckily, Healthblogs has a good Spam filter. But I get the Spam reports and "Ew! Creepy" is right. Yuck.
Point is, if I had a kid (we didn't have kids because of "you-know-what"!), I would be super cautious, like you.
So, for what it's worth, I am in complete agreement.
Take care,
Margaret (=real name!)
Florence, Italy

Siobhan said...

I think you are so smart!

But now I feel like I don't want you to freak out about your friend in Japan so I should introduce myself! LOL Konnichiwa!!

We are overseas military; so many people blog from over here to share their lives/pictures with their family. It has always freaked me out a little so I live vicariously through those of you who dare to put it all out there (minus pics and names!) LOL

My BFF lives in your area and just battled colon cancer. Ever since she was diagnosed, I have read lots of blogs pertaining to people our age battling this disease. I pray for each one of you...

Moreover, I have so enjoyed your antidotes about life with a kiddo! I have 3 and each story you tell makes me laugh! :)

BTW, the Armed Forces Network shows 3 different Dr. Phil episodes a day...and I try to catch them all! They make me feel normal. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for quite some time now. I may have been one of those who googled "dying of multiple myeloma" and found this blog. I'm not sure. :) I did google that phrase a few times though so good possibility...

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your humor! Like you, I have one daughter and your stories of WCK remind me of my daughter at the same age. She's 16 now and the most wonderful child I could ever have hoped for.

I look forward to your blog when WCK becomes WCT (T=teenager) and starts wearing make-up, takes driver's ed and gets a license -- and all the other great stuff from now till then!

You have a great blog and a super sense of humor. Originally I was only looking for blogs about living day to day with MM and yours is that and much more. Thanks for keeping it up!

Diane said...

While you are on the subject of abbreviations, what does GPO stand for? (Dr. GPO)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how I got to your blog, but I think I found it around the same time I was reading a blog "Other People's Emergencies" -- a blog from a Boston Paramedic.

I LOVE old movies and Judy Garland, and I really enjoy your writing. Your courage and ability to laugh at MME are inspiring.

That said, I have an ongoing battle with my brother as to who can out-gross whom. I may have googled something inappropriately to come here, but I'm not dangerous -- perhaps a bit deranged when it comes to all things "my brother". Siblings never grow up. :^)

Pictures of me and my family are all password protected on line. You keeping WCK anonymous is not distracting from your blog in the least. I have a mental image of her, and she's DEFINITELY adorable.

Best wishes for health and healing. Keep smiling.

Ohio Lurker and Mom (who's a 13 year old goober at heart)

Karen said...

I found your blog while searching for "jordan knight no shirt". I'm a geek, I know! LOL.
I'm 35, been a fan of NKOTB since I was 16. And you're right - there are some crazy people out there, don't think you're being paranoid because you don't want to put your daughter's picture up.
God Bless You, honey. I'm going to bookmark your page and read it everyday.
P.S. I've got 5* for the Moline, IL show.