~~Well, today it happened. I ran into one of those perverted, messed-up people out there in cyber space. I have a few pictures of the girls on my Flickr page. I just recently put them up there to share with my husband's family. I hadn't marked them private because I didn't think I needed to. After all, they're just pictures of two sweet girls being themselves.
~~This morning someone left a sick and disturbing comment on a photo of Sierra. I don't even want to repeat it but it made me so upset that my stomach was churning. I immediately deleted the comment and blocked the user. But then I decided that wasn't enough so I also marked all of the girl's pictures "Friends and Family only."
~~What disturbs me is that this guy had the nerve to actually leave the comment. What about others like him who look but don't leave comments? And another thing; there is absolutely nothing provocative or alluring about those photos. If someone in some sick way can be turned on by a photo of a little girl, than how can I protect them anywhere?! How can I know that there's not some sick person out there watching when we're at the store, or the park, or anywhere public?
~~I'm honestly just upset and rethinking a lot of things. I'm not even sure if I should post pictures of them on the blog anymore. Which makes me upset. I blog about my life as an Artist and Mom. Those 2 things are intertwined and part of me. I know that most artists choose to only blog about art related things, but I wanted my blog to also serve as an encouragement to other Artist Moms out there. I've searched and looked and there's not a lot out there for Artist Moms.
~~I know that more and more Moms are choosing not to post photos of their children and it's completely understandable. But I enjoy reading other Mom's blogs and seeing photos of their kids. It gives you this sort of connective feeling of parenthood.
~~I apologize right now if this is written in poor grammar or has misspelled words, but I'm just too upset to go back over it.
~~I don't know what else to say, or do. I contacted Flickr about the user but I honestly don't expect them to do anything. I know that this sort of thing goes on way more than we know. I called Dustin at work and he was so upset that he wanted to track the guy down.
~~What do we do? Does the bad guy win?
I don't know.
I'm so glad you're here! "The Art of Life" is where I share my journey as an artist & Momma. It's a place where I hope to encourage other women that they are artists too. In this small little space I seek to share, document, and be reminded of God's wonderful grace, all around us. ....And I would be so happy to have you journey alongside me! So grab a cup of coffee and linger for a while. I hope you leave feeling refreshed.