Sunday, October 22, 2006

Increased security

I've been toying lately with making this blog private. Although I'm approaching 300 posts and 10,000 hits to my blog, and have actively put my blog out there for the whole world to see, I might be having a change of heart. My first step was to move my blog to the new Blogger beta. I don't think this move changes much on the readers end (does it, readers?). Blogging in this mode will eventually allow me to only allow readers that I choose.

There is still a part of me who believes my blog contributes positively to the worlds of those who read it and I would like to be able to do something that remains public. I am strongly considering making a new blog, which will be public (and therefor less personal). I am also unsure if my current blog, when made private, will have new posts on it or if I will only post on a new blog and maintain my current one as an archive.

If you're a reader and have an opinion one way or another, let me know. I think I'll be making a decision fairly soon as to what I'd like to do, and in the mean time will start building a new blog just in case I want to use it.

11 comments:

  1. This topic seems to be a common reoccurring theme that I've read today! IF you make the choice to move, I'd love to keep up with your blog. So, let me know where you move to.

    I love the pumpkin patch pictures. Iris is sooo adorable!

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  2. I had a totally public blog a few years ago as an experiment to see how open I could be in a totally public forum. It only took a few months for some creep to come along and start harrassing me online, so my personal blog is locked up tight so only actual friends/family can read it. That's my experience with personal blogs open to the public at least.

    I have a couple promostional blogs that might appear to be personal but I never actually write anything personal in them or post pictures of myself. But I'm also pretty paranoid.

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  3. Yes, I feel like I've heard one too many stories, and especially the reading I've done in blog-land recently has just intensified my fears. I've been thinking about this alot, I just don't know what the best decision is.

    I would just be so sad to have a private blog and lose the connection I've made to other mamas who have been able to find me online.

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  4. i dunno. it seems to me, that the very nature of blogging is public. i talk a lot of smack on a lot of people, but it's nothing i haven't also said to them in real life, so i'm not too worried about IRL people getting mad at me. i never use peanuts real name, and i'm vague about where i live, so that no phreaky peeples can find us just by googling. for a while i took all the pictures down, because i was worried about the phreaks, but then i decided that i could either live in fear, or i could just live. so, we're taking our chances publicly.

    nak, sorry for typos.

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  5. J- I totally agree with you that we can either live in fear or just live. I know that even by just leaving the house my children and I are at risk of, well, just about anything. Certainly doesn't stop us from leaving the house. I just can't anticipate every single outcome of what I do.

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  6. I wish you the best- whatever you decide! I like to try to keep our location a mystery and don't put last names out there, etc. I guess if someone wanted to find me, they could. It doesn't take much these days, so I don't see that my blog matters in that way. But, you need to do what makes you feel comfortable and safe! Do keep us posted!

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  7. I don't really have an opinion, but whatever you decide I would like to keep up with your blog! :)

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  8. I just wanted to say that whatever you decide, I have really enjoyed your blog for the time I've been reading it, and I'd be sorry to see it go away completely. I think that everybody's got to find their comfort level with this kind of thing.

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  9. I have been thinking about the same thing... however, for me it is an issue that there are some friends and family that I would rather them not read certain posts in my blog...
    However, I personally wouldn't want to go all private, it goes against what blogging is for me... but I wouldn't mind maybe just a few posts... (with wordpress you can assign a Level to your posts from 1-10 and only subscribed people over those levels can read those posts)

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  10. I would be sad if this blog went private!
    I had my second babe almsot exactly when your second was born, also at home, and am also tandem nursing. Reading your posts has been encouraging to me in many ways.

    I follow a few blogs of people I don't know, and rarely comment, but am grateful to the wonderful bloggers for sharing their stories.

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  11. See, I've been following your posts since about a month before Eloise's birth (... that's a while, huh?) and yet have not commented - I'm de-lurking especially to say that when it comes down to it, you just have to do what feels right, never mind what people want. On the one hand, the fact of the matter is that there are probably just as many perverts and harmful people around as there always have been. But obviously, having an open blog means that - well - ANYONE can read it, and it's accessible to the sorts you WOULDN'T want accessing it. And when it comes down to it, you can't really verify that there is no one shady reading, can you? I mean, I can only tell you "oh, yes, that one is not a harmful person" about one person - ME - and even then, you don't know, because you ARE exposed to people you DON'T know - perhaps it is more exposure than you're willing to deal with. Perhaps it isn't. It occurs to me now that NOTHING I've actually said here HELPS, but oh well. You're not doing anything awful, either way - I mean, I hardly think keeping the posts of the sort of level of privacy you have had in the last few months public would be potentially damaging. But you're not exactly causing anyone horrendous pain if you 'lock up', either.

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