Just a couple days into hosting my Empath Empowerment Skills group on Facebook, and a highly charged question has come up about the desire to maintain privacy.
Because sometimes safety in numbers will reassure. Yet online, what happens to your feeling of safety while with numerous others?
And how about the desire to be anonymous? Or the perfectly understandable need to have a variety of “Privacy Settings” online?
Privacy you can trust. And not all of us trust Facebook to honor our privacy no matter what the chosen privacy settings:
- How your every online move leaves cyber footprints
- Facebook privacy problems in September 2013
- Virtual identity “suicide” over privacy concerns
At this blog, though, it’s easy to keep your identity totally private
Since I may never have put this directly into a blog post, so here we go.
To comment here requires no more of a commitment than lurking. Do your thing in total safety! For an anonymous comment or guest post here:
- Type your — important — point of view into one of the comment boxes at the end of a post, or series of comments.
- Then make it anonymous:
In the first line, write “Call me Mr. Frodo.” Or whatever you would like to be called here.
I will take that and run with it, as the Fancy Blog Monitor.
Using my delete key, I will vanish your request within the comment to, “Call me TweetiePie Frodo.” Or whatever.
And then I will change your name at the top of the comment. Ta da!
Easy and simple. Consistent, too. Unless you wish to keep changing the first name that goes with your surname Frodo. 😉
Seriously, it matters a lot to me that any online community that I host be safe as humanly possible.
This isn’t Facebook or Twitter, so feel free to space out your paragraphs
Long comments will be broken up into shorter ones.
It may be easier, though, if you do it yourself, by making each comment brief.
Makes for a more readable experience, where your wise and quirky point of view can be savored.
About being more anonymous when hanging out at “Empath Empowerment Skills”
What if you dont feel comfortable letting others know about the empath aspect of your life? Here is what I recommend. Decide what you wish to share online and make your peace with it.
As my new Facebook group for empaths continues to develop, you will appreciate that this is not a woundology, nor a group that encourages paranormal experimentation. This group is not about far-out explorations. It is like helping Highly Sensitive Persons, only more specialized.
I consider my Elaine Aron, Ph.D., to be my colleague as a teacher of personal development. She is, of course, the pioneer who brought knowledge of HSPs to the world.
That isnt weird. Nor is her column for Psychology Today. Neither is the training that I provide for empaths.
Yes, you may feel odd, writing in public in ways that let others know that you are an empath. Yet who can fault you, fairly, for pursuing skills that help you to function with a stronger sense of identity?
Until you feel comfortable with this, by all means, LURK! Stay undercover.