I’m probably going to seem like a huge bitch for this, but there’s someone I believe to be a predator hanging out in my little corner of the blogosphere. And I don’t like that.
She goes by Carol Anne, manyofus, manyofus1980, and Multikindred. She reads and comments on a number of blogs I also read, and she tries to comment on mine. Aside from a rather unpleasant exchange we had the other night, I delete all her comments.
See, she’s been Internet-stalking me for, god, probably a year or so. She runs several Yahoo groups for people with DID. When I was diagnosed, I joined one of her groups. I left after several months because the list was a poorly run drama zone.
Somehow, she found this blog. When she started commenting on my posts, I simply deleted the comments. I thought that would take care of the problem without my having to engage with her. But she kept commenting, and I kept deleting.
Then I found a post this woman made on Ivory Garden, a DID support forum I participated in. I knew that post had been stolen from another blogger I follow, without permission or credit. (I’ll let the blogger remain anonymous unless she wants to speak out too.) I notified this blogger privately, then notified the admins of Ivory Garden that the post in question had been stolen. The post was deleted.
The other night, Carol Anne or whoever she is commented on one of my posts. I was in a foul mood and told her to stay away from my blog. I was, admittedly, not at all polite about it. Her response was basically to blame me for her depression and destructive behaviors, then tattle on me to WordPress and all her friends. I snickered and told her good luck–I hadn’t violated the WordPress TOS, but her post-stealing had.
Tonight, I logged into my email and found a message she posted to another Yahoo group I’m in (not one she owns/moderates). It was copied and pasted straight from my blog.
So be careful, folks. I have seen her on many of your blogs. Don’t let her prey on you. I think she’s too unstable and disorganized to be a real danger, but she makes me feel unsafe in my virtual space. That’s not cool.