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A Surprise

Thursday, December 05, 2019

This morning I was looking for a recipe for ricotta cheese pancakes.

I hadn't used the recipe in a while, and I wanted to make one of those pancakes for breakfast, so I Googled it.
The recipe had appeared in a book of essays written by Nora Ephron, and that's all I could remember about it, so that is what I put into Google - Nora Ephron recipe for ricotta pancakes.

And I found it easily! In fact, the person who had posted it had a very similar reaction to the recipe that I had.

Well, that should have been no surprise.

When I looked again, I saw that Google had led me to my own blog about the recipe!


Let this be a warning. (Although SP has already told us about this - that all our blogs are available on the web.)

I wonder if I erase my blogs, will they no longer have a presence on the web?

Considering my options here....
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    Yes, everything is available.
    None of my old blogs that I deleted are available, only the ones currently on my site.
    Unless you've said something that another person copied and saved on line, the theory is it will be gone if you delete it.
    51 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Actually what is once on the web maybe archived. I once retrieved images for a doctor whose web page had been deleted. Did a search on google, your page was listed, but came up as Page Not Found. However I accessed the page by clicking on thee cached version.
    "An interesting pancake
    Recently I was reading a book of essays.... pancake: one whipped egg with 1/3 cup of whole milk ricotta..."
    In my opinion is if you don't want it public, don't put it on the web.
    51 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I had the pleasure of meeting Nora Ephron when she was a guest speaker at one of my sister's Rotary Club luncheons.

    Many years ago in a computer class I remember the professor saying to never write anything on anything electronic that you would not mind being posted on a billboard in your hometown.
    51 days ago
    I learned long ago that everything you write is out there for everyone to read.
    51 days ago
    Yes, that is disconcerting! But nice that you wrote about it yourself, and you found the recipe!

    Wondering where someone lived, I was searching the name of a friend last week and found several posts on obituary sites where she had written notes of condolences in the funeral home guest books. That was a surprise, too.

    You have written so many beautiful, inspirational and motivational blogs, and I've learned a lot over the years about making healthy, lifelong choices from your blog posts. Your blogs are every bit as helpful as the articles that are published by the SparkPeople staff! If you do decide you'd like to delete them, I'd suggest that you first copy them to your hard drive so that you'll have a record of your progress here on SparkPeople. So many of the "live for the moment/simplicity" articles we see these days tell us we can't keep everything and to not live in the past, but I enjoy going back every now and then to read some of my old datebooks or newspaper articles I've written, and I'm often reminded about how I've changed (and the world has changed!) since then.

    I've always read that nothing ever goes away on the internet, but there are several online articles that detail ways to (supposedly) permanently delete your information. At least we have different user names here on SparkPeople that might make it more difficult for someone to compromise our privacy. A lot of times I think I am too cautious, and I've missed sharing myself with others here and on Facebook (where I don't even "like" anything anymore). I wonder sometimes if my own "self-censorship" is doing me more harm than good. Do I even still have a voice? What will you be missing if you delete your words?
    52 days ago
    Wonder how you turn that off.
    52 days ago
    I don't know if erasing your blogs from Sparkpeople makes them disappear from the search engines. I suspect you'd get a "site not found" error if you followed a link from a search engine after deleting one. Just a guess.

    BTW, I googled my username and found TONS of my blogs out there! If our settings are public, they can be found by a search engine! And I keep mine that way, and them am careful about what I put in a blog.
    52 days ago
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