I was going to say, "here is what's going down", but that's not a nice reference as tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here's what is also not so nice: I've been a victim of identity theft. Someone has been impersonating me online by leaving rude and inappropriate comments on blogs. Think about it, it's easy to do. You can leave a name and an URL without verification in most places. We trust that people use their own name and address, right? The thing is - you leave a trail with your IP address. I have learned of several instances of this occuring and luckily I was able to confirm it wasn't me because the IP addresses differ. I'm not sure why someone would choose my identity to do this, and I'm not sure why they chose to be mean to the bloggers who were targeted on the receiving end. Both of these gracious women are bloggers I have never met or corresponded with prior to these events. I hate to think of how many other times this may have happened that I don't know about. I do know where the person works and hope to resolve it. Do me a favor, if you can search your comment database for IP address 188.8.131.52 please let me know. (Easy to do on typepad, not sure how other platforms operate.) I'm hoping this person has slipped up and used their own name somewhere. Thanks for your help. EDIT: the issue has been resolved, perpetrator found.
EDIT: Impersonating someone online is illegal. Perpetrator is from California, breaking this law: SB 1411 This bill would provide that any person who knowingly and without consent credibly impersonates another actual person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means, as specified, for
purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Now that the bad news is out of the way, the good news is that both of the anticipated shipments have arrived. The stamps and the stencils are here! Pre-orders will go out Monday and the rates on the products will change back to standard pricing by Monday too.
When I mentioned the bad news affair on facebook I got so much support and I really appreciate my friends circling around with kind words. For some reason the post disappeared, which is so frustrating but I thank all of you who came by in friendship.