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
- How to survive in the desert
- 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
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?