So, google search results for my name are awful. Please, do me a favor and don't look at them.
But it does force me to think about something interesting, something I believe in whole-heartedly.
That is: An unbiased record encourages honesty and truth.
Even when a huge bold headline proclaims I will do something naughty with people's relatives and lists my real phone number besides, I can't take it down from google's search results. I can weep, I can laugh. I cannot delete it.
Instead of destruction, I must bury the negative result with mounds of content that paints you in a good light.
When faced with this problem, one must create their way above an obstacle. You have to build results you'd be proud of. It's a pretty cool idea, motivating me to really think about who I am and what my image is online. I will have to work to improve that. It will be hard work.
It has taken me most of my life to get to a point where I felt I had something to say. I finally feel like I can really contribute when I write, rather than use writing as a learning experience or some memetic catharsis.
(Granted, it's still those too).
And of course, I realize people suffering cyber-bullying and defamation don't deserve to have to maneuver their way past embarrassing crap.
And now that I'm older, I am a wee bit more cautious, although I do still largely believe people who are turned off by a little bit of silliness aren't the sorts of people I wish to associate with regularly anyhow.
But it's really nice, to have to put my money where my mouth is. I have to let my life speak for itself.
There's no delete button in life.