This shouldn’t be a problem

Advice to blogdom assembled, by Robert Stacy McCain:

Here’s a helpful hint for happiness in the blogosphere: Don’t ever get a Google alert for your own name.

The very fact that you would consider getting a Google alert for your own name probably indicates a tendency toward personal vanity. All that is then necessary for your enemies to goad your fragile ego is occasionally to write a sentence like, “Charles Johnson is a sociopathic narcissist,” and it will ruin your entire day.

I have to admit, it never once occurred to me to get a Google alert for my own name. Then again, to rework a phrase from the perhaps narcissistic but not exactly sociopathic Samuel L. Goldwyn, every Tom, Dick and Harry has a name like mine, so chances are I’d actually be getting an alert for someone else.


1 comment

  1. Bill Peschel »

    3 March 2010 · 9:14 am

    I have an alert for my name, so, yeah, I’m lost in the swells of egotism.

    What’s worse is that I don’t know what to think about it. If I don’t see my name, it means nobody’s taking seriously anything I’ve written. If I do, it’s associated with a) comments I’ve left on other sites, sometimes years ago (Google really needs to fix this), or b) content-scraping sites repurposing my material for their profit. Neither revelation does my ego much good.

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