Here’s a helpful hint for happiness in the blogosphere: Don’t ever get a Google alert for your own name.
The very fact that you would consider getting a Google alert for your own name probably indicates a tendency toward personal vanity. All that is then necessary for your enemies to goad your fragile ego is occasionally to write a sentence like, “Charles Johnson is a sociopathic narcissist,” and it will ruin your entire day.
I have to admit, it never once occurred to me to get a Google alert for my own name. Then again, to rework a phrase from the perhaps narcissistic but not exactly sociopathic Samuel L. Goldwyn, every Tom, Dick and Harry has a name like mine, so chances are I’d actually be getting an alert for someone else.