It seems the new thing around Blog-World is privatizing your blog. I think in the past week at least 5 bloggers I read have said they're going private (hmmm... maybe its me? HAHA!). I know some of the reasoning is because of a news story that was about about people stealing/vandalizing family photos and harrassing them.
So, I guess my TFT today is... privatizing blogs... is it all its cracked up to be or is it for the birds? Have you/would you/do you plan to make your blog private/password protected? What are your reasons? If you plan to keep your blog private... what are YOUR reasons?
Also... if a blog is private, can you put it in Google Reader and still read it without having to enter the password EVERY time you want to read a post?
Leave an untainted comment first, and then highlight over the space below to read my thoughts...
I have thought about privatizing my blog quite a few times and the recent hubub about blog stalkers etc did make me think... for a second... about locking mine. But then I thought... look at all these famous people... Heather Armstrong aka Dooce.... Heidi Swapp... Ali Edwards... and I'm sure a zillion more... they put themselves out there (albeit... probably not as much as I do) and they're in the spotlight.
I do take precautions and watermark my photos, although that doesn't protect them from everything. Someone could chop it off in PS, true, true. And I know that if I ever felt that my or my family's safety was at stake I would privatize my blog in a second. However, I guess with being a photographer and having so much contact information available online and to clients I figure... if someone REALLY wanted to find me they would hunt me down regardless of my blog or not.
I guess another thought I have on private blogs is that I tend to lose interest in reading them because I don't want to hassle with remembering someone's password. I have enough passwords to remember! I have considered moving to a blog where I don't use our real first names or talk about exact locations around me but then I thought it'd look silly when I turn it into a blurb book and it has all these "fake" names in there! Anyhow... IMO, to each their own and I totally respect anyones decision to privatize (some of my fav blogs are going private) so please don't take this as a bash to those of you who are!