Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Danger of Searching

There's no real point to this post, other than to bring to light a matter which I'm sure is a topic of contention for a lot of writers: search engines and the perils of research. More often than not research might just be along the lines of "is there a bus from A to B" or "What hotel in the area best suits my needs". I've even selected key places via google maps and searching real estate listings. But every now and then a need to search for something a little more sinister arises. Seriously, I am often quite terrified by the thought of someone going through my internet history, they'd probably think I was planning a murder or worse.

Over the course of developing ideas for stories and writing some stories that will likely never make it to print, I've researched everything from how to hide a body, what different parts of a knife are called, guns and where you can be shot and still be able to survive versus instant/guaranteed death. How to escape from certain situations or the ingredients in certain poisons are others searches that are less easily passed off as innocent.

This post was brought to you by of my latest search but I won't reveal what that was because...spoilers ;)


  1. Research is important, isn't it? I write an opinion column for a women's newsmagazine and a social polling research site. I have to research every fact, poll, quote, rumor or joke about it before I offer my opinion. Then I have to check it all for possible slander, character assassination or lawsuits. Then of course comes the butchery edits from the copy editors. Since I commute back and forth, I write a lot on my iPhone. I have my Google history deleted every time I log off, lest someone steal or find my lost iPhone and come to the conclusion that I'm either a serial killer, psychopath or ant-government activist. Fun, isn't it?

    Funny post!

  2. You should use duckduckgo.com it searches via bing/google but anonomyses your activity, incogneto/private browser mode would prevent interesting search histories.