my personal privacy

my personal privacy

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Folks, given the way we run craigslist, I've given up a lot of personal privacy. I accepted that years ago, it's good for the site, and it suits my sense of humor.

However, in a lot of ways I'm pretty private, for example, you'll notice it's hard to find a picture of me on the site. I've also received a few threats, which suggests I really do need to think a lot about my privacy.

To do so, and to indulge my sense of humor, I've taken some unusual measures. For years, I've planted rumors about both my personal habits and money matters, often contradictory ones, and I don't even remember much of the specifics. In retrospect, what I thought controversial is embarassingly tame, particularly in light of San Franciscan attitudes.

Does any of this matter? Even when I've overtly done something I thought controversial, I can't get a pulse. For example, in full public view, I've:

— endorsed Good Vibrations via a photo in San Francisco magazine around five years ago

— in a very tiny way, supported the St. James Infirmary, a free clinic for sex workers

— supported both the Arab and Jewish film festivals.

— sent out an April 1st press release denying my existence, which might be true after all.

Hey, does anyone care? or am I just too full of myself?

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