In 2014 someone with an IP address in Japan purchased the domain name blakeroeber.com and used it to create a very strange website. At one point it looked almost exactly like this website except it said I was the editorial manager of Rutgers (the whole university, apparently) and for the first line on my CV it had this: “Blake Roeber GUCCI! GUCCI! GUCCI! GUCCI!” I liked that a lot. It sounded very professional. Then, in 2015, my anonymous friend in Japan changed blakeroeber.com entirely. Apparently, s/he got sick of copying my website and decided s/he’d rather use blakeroeber.com to blog about women’s hair loss. (The website was in Japanese and I don’t read Japanese, but if Google’s translator works, all of the posts were about women’s hair loss.)
Last time I looked, blakeroeber.com was sitting there blank. No Gucci ads, nothing about hair loss. Nothing at all. I’m hoping it stays that way. But since I never had any control over it in the first place (or any idea who was responsible, or any idea why they were doing it, or any way of stopping them), I thought I’d mention it here, on my real website. So please, if something suddenly appears at blakeroeber.com, DISREGARD IF IT’S WEIRD!