Anyways, I've told y'all a few times (here, here, and here) that I actually have in-real-life stalkers. These are two people that I know personally, but they continue to obsess over me. It's actually getting to the point where I'm slightly worried that this will go on for the rest of my life.
I was searching the internet to hopefully identify what stalking is exactly. I did find the perfect website too. Y'all may have heard of it before; it's called LoveIsRespect.Org.
When I found this page, I felt so much better. How my IRL stalkers are acting is pretty much by the books. This means that they are your typical stalker. Here are a few examples of how my stalkers act. I took this information directly from that site.
1. Send you unwanted text messages, letters, emails and voicemails. - What's strange is one of my stalkers will actually go through stages. Sometimes we (my husband and I) won't hear from them for a couple of weeks, but then all of a sudden, they pick back up. And usually it's more aggressively than the time before.
2. Use social networking sites and technology to track you. - Of course this is the big one. Both of my stalkers are on my blog multiple times per day. As you may or may not know, I have a way to track who is reading my blog. I can tell which links they click on (within my blog) and also tell if they went to the "comments" feature on my posts. One of the stalkers even attempted to add me on Twitter and couldn't believe it when we (my husband and I) didn't accept their request. This shows that they are delusional.
3. Spread rumors about you via the internet or word of mouth. - Stalker 1 & 2 know each other, and they communicate to each other about me. They have been known to create entirely false information or fabricate stories for their own benefit. This is a sure sign of mental illness. One of the stalkers even spreads rumors to her mommy and daddy about me. This stalker is the one with daddy-issues.
4. Call your employer or professor. - I actually had to warn every one in the building at my work about the situation between my stalkers and myself. I found myself constantly worried that maybe they would randomly show up, or even call my work place. One day I came to work, and one stalker had tracked my work e-mail address and sent me an e-mail. I was actually really surprised. I work for the state of Texas, and work e-mails are tracked and stored in a system. I did warn my colleagues about this communication attempt and am planning to report it to authorities if it happens again. My husband is also aware that they may attempt to show up at his place of employment too. Luckily, they have high security at his building. You can't even access the elevator without certain passes.
Why am I writing this?
Because if you believe you may have a stalker, you should take action and not wait around. I deleted various social networking sites, changed my phone number entirely, and even told both stalkers, "leave me alone." But they are persistent, as most stalkers are. Be careful and always go to the police if it gets bad enough.