There must be something about the post-holidays that makes me react this way... I just take a break from my blog. It's not intentional, but between the warming weather, my child's school schedule, and various other factors, I'm just not writing on my blog.
I even set Facebook aside this time... *gasp*!
The new factor this time around was the totally insane flare-up of negative internet activity on Ravelry and Facebook over the credit card processing system breach on Knitpicks. I was angry. Then I got paranoid. I went around removing personal information where I could. I was changing passwords, deleting accounts I no longer needed (or no longer trusted).
Then I was just sick of the whole internet thing altogether. I took a break.
Don't get me wrong, you still have to check your email (paperless statements, family, etc.) but I found myself hanging out on forums less and less. It was like the bad guys had finally invaded the last haven of the geeky.
Yeah, I know... the bad guys moved in to the internet neighborhood almost before they were done putting in the "drywall" so to speak, but I never really felt their presence until now. I had two credit cards fraudulently accessed in two months. After the first, I blamed my husband using it at the local gas station, or my daughter's lack of PC security. After the second, I started scouring everyone's machines, looking for viruses and malware. There were screaming fights involved, mostly because my daughter has Aspergers and she considers her computer to be an extension of her personal space. I am NOT supposed to go anywhere near it.
Then the Knitpicks news hit. Finally I had an answer... sort of. They claim I'm not one of the people who were exposed. I don't think they realize who was exposed. Whatever. Two cards, both used at their site, both used fraudulently not more than two months after KP closed their breach? Yeah, I'm putting money on them. It's there, or Amazon... which admittedly is also a possibility.
So I'm cagier now. I got a new card from a company that offers virtual card numbers... a one-use CC number that is no longer valid after you use it. Unfortunately making payments is not as simple as it is with my bank-attached card. There it's just a matter of transferring funds.
Anyway, my point is... I've been gone. This is why. I'm back, but I may not be quite as active. Also, I'm starting a second blog... not to replace this one, but compartmentalize things. This one will remain my personal blog... an online diary, if you will. The other is going to be more focused. I'll share that one with you all when it's actually doing something. For now it is dormant, but there will be some exciting stuff very soon.