Are we all Kim Strickland?

Are we all Kim Strickland?

Welcome to Google Reality.  Here, everything is known in less than .17 seconds. Anything can be found on Google, and you may find that you, too, are becoming Kim Strickland.  Kim  is the writer of  the blog A City Mom on ChicagoNow.  In addition to being a city mom, Kim is a jet pilot, she writes fiction, and  she’s a published author!

Kim is also an extremely versatile, talented and  prolific blogger.

Recently, she wrote a post on how she was feeling  invisible on Facebook, thanks to their new algorithms.  Well, Kim, you are NOT invisible on Google!

According to Google, of the 25 blogs listed under CITY LIFE  on ChicagoNow, in addition to A City Mom,  Kim Strickland also writes the following blogs—

Concerned Citizens of Chatham


Chicago’s Real West Side

Another Look at Chicago

Look Back,  Chicago!

Sister City Love

I Hate My Developer

Collecting Chicago

Neighboring the Neighborless

SoLo Living

South Side Stories

From Hollywood to Ravenswood

The B.U.G. (Bronzeville Urban Green)

New Girl in 312

and  this blog–Chicago Weather Watch

I am not adding links for a reason. You have to do a Google search for those blogs. There, you will find  Kim Strickland’s byline, with her  picture—a fabulous, smiling blonde!

How did I discover this? A friend of mine (she is not on Facebook) did a search for this blog on Google and came up with that surprising result.  I decided to investigate just  how far the new reality had spread.  All these blogs are different! Each blog has a unique perspective and writing style.  How could one person write them  all?  Well, Google  says it’s so. With that kind of SEO power,  will we all become Kim Strickland?

It’s weird  to write about a real person in this way.  I am a  real person, too, although my byline is Weather Girl.  In real life, I don’t look like my avatar,  either.

Ah yes, the avatar! I have written about her before.

I had a problem with Facebook, myself. It would not recognise the avatar as a person. Facebook would have preferred  a photo, but that’s not for me.

You see, I come from that  less-traveled part of the  Twitterverse where  entities with names like Whiskerzen write haiku about crickets.

Yes, there are people on Twitter who use photo avatars and real names. Many  use Twitter for professional purposes. They put that information in their Profiles–scientist,  graphic designer, life coach, poet, marketing analyst, programmer, photographer, student, etc.

There are also celebrities, of course–at this moment, Lady Gaga has 40,957,503  followers! Yes, she follows, too.

The Dalai Lama has 8,220,855 followers. He isn’t following anybody. Pope Francis has 3,406,958 followers. He’s  following versions of himself  in 8 different languages!

But I digress. Twitter  at its best is ephemeral and fleeting, like bubbles in a stream.

Facebook is–or was–more personal, more sociable. There are Friends and relationships. There’s a  past, present and future.

Google is all-knowing. It knows what you’re looking for, even before you do. It can correct your spelling—and finish questions for you!  Who am I to question the ways of Google?

Yes, there are other search engines and social media sites, just as there are many other places to shop besides Amazon and Target. But this is Big Google Reality, where everything that can be known is known and everything is connected.

Are  we all  Kim Strickland, now?  Which one of us is typing these words? Maybe she IS imagining me. We both like Tom Skilling….




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  • All this does is reenforce my view that the virtual world is not the real world.

    I suppose that Kim might have posted comments on the other blogs, but I really doubt that she wrote the blogs, especially the Chatham one.

  • In reply to jack:

    So true, Jack! It's not the real world, but we can communicate with each other--that's still pretty amazing to me.

    Yes, Google only "thinks" Kim writes those blogs, but it's both funny and disturbing that this could be accepted as reality.

    Did you read Kim's post? (I linked to it.) I did comment, but there was no reply. I would be surprised if she reads this blog!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    No before, and since you asked I did, but since it was about Facebook and only took Facebook comments, I didn't stay there.

    And with regard to those who propose to convert to Facebook comments, I have said that I am not giving Zuckerberg any identifying information. I could say other things, but I won't.

  • In reply to jack:

    Don't get me started on Facebook, Jack! (Suffice it to say I avoid it) Twitter requires no identifying information, unless you want to put something on your profile.

    There are lots of fake/parody accounts, and dead poets and philosophers. Many artists use it to link to their work and there are poets writing on Twitter, too. The 140-character limit encourages brevity and experimentation.

    Going back to the Facebook post, however, I did find it strange that there was no reply from the ladies. Maybe the comment didn't post....

    Jack, don't you use Facebook comments on your blog???

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I don't have a blog (despite what you might find Google might say), and don't use Facebook in any manner.

    Maybe there is more use for Twitter, but I don't use that either. I quit watching Fox Chicago News when the crawl became a bunch of hash tags, and that was before Robert Feder reported that about all the anchors got dumped.

  • In reply to jack:

    My apologies, Jack. I thought you did! Nothing is as it seems, it seems. Anyway, thank you for reading, and your comments.

    I will say, Twitter used to be more fun, before all the ads and self-promotion.

  • Well, this time of year, I wish you all were Kim Strickland, because I could really use the help around here.

    Diana, thank you for all the kind words, and for calling attention to the weirdness going on at Google! That photo they're using is not even my A CIty Mom photo. (It's from the back cover of my second book and I have no idea how it got into the mix.)

    I wish I could take credit for all the wonderful blogs Google is giving my photo credit for, and even though Lyletta and I could be twins, this whole thing is totally surreal! And a little freaky-outish for me.

    Anyway, thanks for reading my blog and again for saying nice things about it. I think Weather Girl and pilot girl should of course have a built-in, natural online comraderie!

    Kim Strickland (the real one!)

  • Real Kim, thanks for reading. You are way more savvy than I am about SEO and Facebook, so thank you for taking this post in good humor. It's a great picture, really.

    I didn't do a search for all the blogs on ChicagoNow, so maybe it's just City Life that's affected.

    Do you follow Tom Skilling on Twitter? Anyway, I want to read your books!

    Safe journey if you are flying today, and Merry Christmas to you, and your A City Mom family.

  • This post is freaking hilarious! Brava!

  • In reply to Woodlawn Wonder:

    Glad you liked it! Thank you so much for reading! And Tweeting...

  • I have a picture with the lovely and apparently overextended Kimmie. Which one of her personnas was my arm around? :-)

  • In reply to Howard Moore:

    The one who's not married to my husband? Carrie?

  • In reply to Howard Moore:

    Thanks for reading, Howard! You mean that wasn't the real Kim?

  • On the weather front, Cheryl Scott said that there was some official standard for snowfall to make a White Christmas.

    All I know is that I didn't see any grass yesterday.

  • It was snow cover enough for me, too, Jack. Lovely, light stuff sparkling in the sun this morning when I went out to clear the sidewalk.

    Now, it's overcast again, sky the color of snow...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks for sending me the link about Kim writing the B.U.G. I had a good laugh. I'm not one of those women of color with blond hair. I'm naturally salt and pepper and earned every gray.

    However, I guess Google knows best.

  • In reply to Danie:

    Thank you so much for reading. I admire your blog, and your great attitude!

    I laugh about this--Ever do a Google search for say, knee pain? On the right side are ads--"Shop for Knee Pain here."

    But working online this evening--I was THINKING about cleaning the wood floors for the New Year, and a giant ad popped up for wood floor cleaner! That's just a coincidence, right?

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