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Is Big Brother watching my blog?

Several days ago, I checked my StatCounter page and saw that someone from The Department of Homeland Security had visited my blog. My heart skipped a beat … or ten. Incidents like that flip my paranoia switch to eleven.

During the time I did research to write The Brevity of Roses, I checked out so many Farsi language forums, and websites and library books on Iranian history, life, and customs I feared the FBI or CIA had their eye on me, but why now?

I think I know the answer. In July, I published a post where I contemplated whether the love scenes in Brevity should have been more explicit. I used the word sex in the post and ever since then my blog has received far more than the usual number of hits from Middle Eastern IPs—and so has that particular post. After I noticed those anomalies, I checked each time a hit came from somewhere in the Middle East and verified that 90% of the time the suspect post was its destination.

Did the DHS note that unusual activity and flag my blog for investigation?  If so, I hope they were satisfied that I’m just a harmless little old lady writing fiction. Speaking of fiction, do you think I could get a story out of this?

36 thoughts on “Is Big Brother watching my blog?”

    1. Actually, Karl, that’s the exact phrase I used in that post, but no, I don’t believe this interest has sold any books. I imagine they’re quite disappointed not to find anything x-rated on my blog. 😉

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  1. You could so create a story out of this! It is interesting that the word ‘sex’ can create such interest. Since mine are kids books and ‘sex’ is not even alluded to I guess I can’t expect any interest from that demographic.

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  2. Hmmmm … the plot becomes curiouser and curiouser. 🙂

    And, they probably checked all those who left comments on that post. It does have potential for a short story.

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    1. Oh, fivecats, I didn’t think of that. I guess, like Facebook, we’re all being tracked all the time. I don’t worry about what I do or say online, I’m just paranoid about being misunderstood. 😉

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      1. The plot has become curiouser and curiouser …

        Just read an article at CNET that Homeland Security is testing technology similar to what is “imagined” on Person of Interest.

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  3. I wouldn’t think that the Department of Homeland Security would reveal its presence to bloggers via their stat counter ~ wouldn’t they be more igcognito about it? Wouldn’t they use surprise and stealth to catch us with our pants down?

    In contrast, I could see a troll or spammer using an address like Department of Homeland Security that to mess with bloggers heads.

    Either way, I’d say more . . . but I’m off to write a post about SEX, SEX, and More SEX. . . because SEX sells. 😆

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    1. You must be more tech savvy than I am, Nancy. I didn’t know you could fake your IP address. Like yours says you logged in through Road Runner. Are you saying you could change that to show something different? I’d be tempted to believe someone was messing with my head, but if I hadn’t checked that stat log, I wouldn’t even know about their scheme.

      I hope your flagrant flaunting of the S-word brings you the blog traffic you seek. 😆

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    2. I’m not that techno savvy. But I would think that if the DHS is trolling blogs . . . that it would have a special IP address for doing so . . . rather than proclaiming its presence.

      And I do know that computer savvy folks grab other people’s e-mail identities . . . or pretend to be Bank of America . . . so why not a fake DHS IP address?

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