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Seattle sound engineer Michael Walker--like seemingly everyone else these days--has a blog.
It's a typical blog, filled with pictures, videos, screenshots, and mini-rants, and it would be rather unremarkable except for one fact.
The subject of his blog--indeed the very reason the blog was made at all--is 25 year-old UW student Sara Merker, who until recently had no idea the page existed.
Via The Awl:
Walker had a Tumblr called "Photos of Sara. She doesn't know me," which featured nothing but photos and videos of Merker. That was strange enough. Walker had a girlfriend and didn't seem particularly interested in Merker, romantically or otherwise. But that wasn't even the strangest part: Merker hadn't posed for these pictures. She had never seen any of them before. In fact, she hadn't known any of the pictures were being taken. Michael Walker had a Tumblr consisting entirely of photos and videos he had secretly taken of Sara Merker.
Long story short: Walker had briefly met Merker at a party where he felt particularly accomplished because, unlike his friends, he didn't try to sleep with her.
This fact prompted Walker to add Merker as a friend on Facebook. Now, depending on whom one asks, Merker either denied the friend request or defriended him later.
Sara at the mini-mart.
At any rate, Walker decided to take an unsolicited candid photo of Merker and put it on his blog with the caption "This is Sara Merker. We were facebook friends once. I found her much more unappealing than my friends did."
Walker says that he then decided to take the secret-photo concept "reaaaaaally far" and start a whole blog about the young woman whom he barely knew.
Sara at U-Dub.
"I was like, what if I took this...reaaaaaally far and made an entire blog obsessed with her and questioning why she deleted me as a Facebook friend at some random point in time."
. . . He also wanted to "make it kind of funny and stalkery at the same time," he said. "But never in, like, a super harmful way."
The cat was eventually let out of the bag when one of Merker and Walker's mutual friends informed the woman about the blog and its high levels of creepiness.
Merker seemed to take the news in stride, and only really took issue with some of the negative captions Walker had posted.
At the time she was taking a communications class at UW and had an assignment to do an interview with someone, and she chose Walker, who insisted that he remain "in character" as the secret stalker.
So now the two are friends--sort of.
Walker is moving across the country and Merker is still in Seattle. But Walker has earned his place back on Merker's Facebook page, which frankly might have been a jail cell, had she accused him of cyberstalking.