Friday, August 08, 2008
It has recently been brought to my attention that someone is/was stealing pictures of Eden from this blog and using them as their own. This person apparently joined an online parenting forum, and was passing Eden and her story off as a little girl named "Dani" for the past THREE years. I know several people online that this has happened to, and I figured it was just a matter of time before we got hit too.
This person has a photobucket account with quite a collection of Eden's pictures and videos, pictures of our dog, and even a picture of me and one random photo of Holland! The strangest part to me was the photo collage that they made of Eden that had their name watermarked across it in big letters.
Honestly, I don't feel alarmed or violated or outraged by this...at least not too much. I just feel...incredulous, and maybe even fascinated trying to understand what makes people do these sorts of things. I even feel a little bit sad. Sad for the person doing it, that they would be so desperate for attention, compassion, friendship, or whatever it is that they are looking for, that they would resort to something like this. Even more I feel sad for the people who have been following "Dani's" story for three years, praying for her and her "family" and becoming so invested in her life. I know that I am very emotionally invested in the lives of some of the kids that I read about online. I feel really attached to many of them, and think of them often. I would be devastated to find out that they were "fake."
My guess is that, in most cases, the people doing this are young kids who don't really have their own story to tell yet. On the other hand, they may be people with personality disorders, who have an intense need for attention, and a penchant for compulsive lying. Either way, the moral to the story is that you can't believe everything you read on the internet.
I hope that my new readers, directed here after finding out that "Dani's" story was a fake, enjoy getting to know the "real" Eden. She's a pretty awesome kid after all.
Posted by Billie at 2:04 PM