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August 9, 2013

“Do you have a separate FaceBook account aside from your existing profile that contains information about your leather lifestyle? I guess my problem is that I am trying to please everyone and not myself. Ive recently started connecting with pups and I really enjoy them. Sometimes I’m worried what a potential company might say if someone saw a pup “peeing on my leg” or giving me puppy licks. Should I just not worry about it and just be me, kink, sex, love and all? I post about a lot of other things as well and have a wide range of FB friends.”

I personally do not. I am completely out in every way. I even go so far as to put my Non-Profit (Imperial Court) and my Event Planning and Management (Co-Producer of a Leather Event) on my Professional Resume. I alter the descriptions for my audience of course, but they are there because they are relevant to my professional history. I also don’t want to go back into the closet for any reason, that is not the type of person that I am. I am completely out to my family and have given them the “Love Me for me, or take a hike” speech. Luckily, my family accepts me for who I am, and none of them have yet told me to take a hike.

All of that said: I am tech savvy enough to hide my digital footprint very quickly, should the need arise. I also regularly google myself, just to see. Between the Catholic Bishop, Politician, Lawyer, and criminals who share my name in some combination, I don’t even show up on the first two pages of Google, (and really, who looks past the first two pages?)I also refrain from adding people from work on my Facebook page, instead preferring to use social networking to network with the people that I actually socialize with. For those who are worried about this sort of thing, however, there are many ways to ensure your privacy. Explore Facebook’s privacy settings and figure out the best way to prevent a random person’s post from being visible to your coworkers.