What Does Your Browser Say About You?

If my computer is ever confiscated by the police, I might be in trouble. Not because of dirty pictures or corporate secrets, but because of my browsing history.

My friend Susie has been researching villains for her MS and shared with me the Web site of a well-known villain. I laughed as I thought about this being added to my browser history, but then I realized I already plenty of incriminating Google searches accumulated.

Writers do everything possible to make their work real and authentic. Many of them spend countless hours doing research, maybe even taking a job in a certain field or a trip to an exotic locale. For those of us with day jobs, we utilize the ever-growing Web for that much needed authenticity.

In an attempt to un-see what Susie sent me, I took a peak at my browsing history and saw that it reveals much about my story. What have I Googled lately, you may ask …

  • Mexican drug gangs
  • Narcissistic traits
  • Hypothermia
  • How to survive in the desert
  • Guns
  • Eye color
  • How to survive a flood
  • Desert flora
  • Justin Bieber (wait, how did that get in there?)
  • Weather history
  • Meaning of names
  • Google Earth images of Northern Mexico
  • Gangrene

That’s just for one month.

While there is no substitute to just getting out of the chair and living life, having the Web at our fingertips is a hugely helpful tool (that is when I’m not on Facebook or shopping for shoes instead of writing). And really, it’s probably much safer for me to do my research on drug lords from the safety of my house than hiking down across the border to have a little heart to heart with one.

So tell, what does your browser say about you?

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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8 Responses to What Does Your Browser Say About You?

  1. taureanw says:

    Lol, I’m afraid to check mine!
    I tend to check out a lot of images when I write. Either for inspiration or to help with a setting. So I’m sure the FBI would be convinced all I do is sit by my computer staring at various landscapes 🙂

  2. Frank Bishop says:

    Oh man……..
    Today alone goes:

    Netflix
    Werewolves
    Arm processors
    Food allergies
    Movie times
    Grass fed beef
    Skyrim
    Xbox 360 achievements
    and then a long list of bills, cause I paid bills yesterday.

  3. Oh gosh, I’m scared to even check mine. My current WIP involves demons and wendigo. My search history probably makes me out to be a cultist with a penchant for baking casseroles (it IS the holidays, after all).

    Too funny!

    DH

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