While we’re on the topic of stupid blog tricks, I got this telephone call yesterday: “I was just googling my name, and I saw it on your blog. I want you to remove it.”
Um . . . okay. Who is this?
“Jeff Deutsch. “
I know who Jeff Deutsch is. Jeff writes the excellent but sporadic Building Common Ground blog, dedicated to “building common ground between people on the autism spectrum and those who love, work with and play with them.” I read Jeff’s blog, but we’ve never talked on the phone, and I have to admit that for a moment I wondered whether this was some sort of online Asperger’s episode.
I did a quick search on Defending People for Jeff’s name, and found that the only reference was an innocuous hat tip here. A small light dawned. “Are you the Jeff Deutsch that writes the Building Common Ground blog.”
Did you click on the link to see how your name was mentioned?
“No, I didn’t know what it was, so I didn’t click on it.”
You do know that you’re not the only Jeff Deutsch in the world, right?
The thought had never even occurred to him.