I've been thinking about the anonymity EP affords us. For some folks that's not such an important issue, but for me it is. I wouldn't want my "real world" friends to read everything I've written on this site, or even be too nosy about which experience groups I've joined.
But I also blog in public forums. And it started occuring to me that if I write similar ideas using almost identical words, both on my public site and on this site, a Google search will bring up everything I've written, on any site.
All the stories on EP are crawled and indexed by all the search engine bots. Now I'm not crazy paranoid. Any search results including what I've written may be buried pages and pages deep most times. But suppose I wrote a great blog post that included a memorable metaphor, and (as it happened) I'd written on the same topic here, using the same metaphor.
Now someone wants to find my original, public post (because it was just so darn good!, lol!) and all he can remember is the metaphor, so he Googles it 'cuz he figures it'll lead him to the post he remembers reading somewhere. And lo and behold, what comes up? TWO results: one written by ******* and one written by RomanticIdiot, and btw, isn't it amazing how their writing styles are so similar?
Far-fetched? I don't know. It could certainly happen to someone who writes a lot and consciously or unconsciously tends to overuse/reuse certain phrases. But I'm not telling anyone to get paranoid or not to write. Just...be cautious....remember the bots are everywhere.