My online life began one weekend afternoon in 1998 when I was 11-years-old. My sisters and I gathered around the computer as my dad installed MSN Online. Less than a year later, I designed my first website on GurlPages.com and later started what can only be described as a blog, but was really just angst-ridden diary entries typed in between HTML.
During this time, there was a lot of uproar over the Internet and how it was scary and unsafe for children. Terrified, I quickly learned not to tell anyone my address or phone number or full name. These are fears I’ve carried with me for more than 14 years. It took me a year to say where I live on my blog. I hesitate to share other details like my hometown, my college or where I work. Despite much of my life being spent online, I’ve always been deliberate about keeping many details of my offline life private.
At this point, you may be asking, “Why in the world are you writing this post?”