My 6 Degrees of Separation with Sam Heughan

Judging by the search terms being used to find my blog, it appears as if people are VERY interested in Sam’s personal life.  I haven’t written about it in the past, but I think it is time to address the topic.

As I’ve said in past blogs, I understand his appeal.  Believe me, I really do!  He’s an interesting person.  I’ve written about him in this blog, and I’ve tagged him in posts.  I enjoy reading your search terms on my blog, it gives me ideas for other things to write about in my posts.  I don’t know who is doing the searching, some appear as unknown search terms. The search terms make me laugh and smile.  One of my favorites was “Sam Heughan climbing”.  Usually, this is the way it works, Sam Heughan and …

Sam Heughan and My Peak Challenge

Sam Heughan and Bear Strength Clothing Co.

Sam Heughan and F1ght Camp

Sam Heughan and Outlander

However, lately, I am becoming increasingly more uncomfortable with the search terms used to hit my blog.  I have a Twitter account, and I have tweeted trying to be funny, but to be very honest, I don’t think his personal life is any of my business.

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Apr 11

Given search terms just used to hit my blog, I think too much attention is being paid to #SamHeughan‘s personal life. #ya‘llknowilove2readthem

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 8


Re: Blog

To Whom It May Concern:

I do not write about or know anything about @SamHeughan‘s personal life.


Jenny Mc

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 9

Based on blog search terms, thinking reality dating show in Scotland would be successful. Picturing a cross between Amazing Race+Bachelor.

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 9

With stops in Glasgow at #FightCamp. Climbing challenges a must. Haven’t worked out yet if #SamHeughan and #JohnV would be in same season.

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 9

Not suggesting either would need to participate in such a show, but can you imagine the number of applicants?

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  19 hours ago

Reading people’s blog search terms lately feels like I’m playing some sort of weird game of 6 degrees of separation w Sam Heughan.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been seeing in past weeks:

Sam Heughan and … I can’t even bring myself to type the name. I see this multiple times every day.

Did Sam Heughan and ??? recently get married?

I don’t know.  If so, I would happily send wedding gift.

… Instagram account

Sam Heughan and just the first name of person.  Pretty familiar if you ask me.

Finally, just the name of the person without Sam Heughan.

I haven’t met Sam. I’ve never talked to him.  He hasn’t responded, favorited, retweeted any of my tweets, which is fine by the way.  I don’t search for information about his personal life, but it is being provided to me in the form of these search terms.  It makes me feel, well, creepy.  I now know more about him than our current dynamic of Actor/Fan warrants in my opinion.  What do I do with the information?  Nothing.  I am not looking at people’s Instagram accounts.  I am not following people on Twitter that I have no reason to be following.

I believe he is entitled to a personal life.  My impression is that he values his privacy, and is a shy person. I consider myself a shy person, but my husband says I could talk to a tree.  Speaking for myself, I worked to overcome shyness.

Sam has asked very politely to respect his private life.  In his own Twitter post on April 26, 2015, he says, “and because someone is on social media, does not mean their life should be “mined” or dug up.”

I actually replied to this tweet with,

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired Apr 26

@SamHeughan 1 thing 2 be in public eye, quite another to be under a microscope I would imagine. Sam, thanks for all you do!

Having experienced this feeling of being under a microscope, I can tell you it’s not a pleasant feeling.  Granted, being a teacher is not the same as being an actor, but I have been the subject of conversation while parents burned up the phone lines or sat on the sidelines watching their children play soccer.  I cannot fathom what it would feel like to have thousands of people tweeting and posting about me on a daily basis.  Don’t even get me started on searching for information about people’s friends and family.  I will now step off of my soap box.

I love talking about Sam Heughan.  Many people are talking about Sam Heughan.  Check out this article by Keely Flaherty,  We can talk about the items mentioned in this article, but can we also talk about his acting ability?  Can we talk about his brave performances in episodes 115 and 116?  Can we talk about the fact that he should win an Emmy for his work?  Can we talk about how inspiring he has been to so many people?  Can we talk about My Peak Challenge?

I must admit that I now stop and think every time I enter something into a Google search. Can we talk about the other interests that have shown up as search terms on my blog…

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired Apr 26

Sunday, a day to rest, read, relax. Apparently blog readers w inquiring minds want 2 know did #tobiasmenzies pull out his_____on #Outlander

Not to leave F1ght Camp out,

Is John Valbonesi married?

I don’t know.

Thank you again for reading!  I really look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Jenny Mc

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