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blogging privately

I've considered the dangers regarding spilling my life and personal history here and thought a few times about making a separate blog for the personal entries and password protecting it (something also considered byAndrea. Obviously, I never went ahead with that, but there's a AP story on Jacksonville.com today of two people who felt the need to do such a thing (including my wonderful friend Robyn) and why they did it.

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michele pointed to an intriguing story involving the decision of some bloggers to review their blogging efforts. It seems some are deciding to separate, with password protection, the personal stuff that is intended to be viewed byonly a select group... [Read More]

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Seriously I am curious how it's done. I only want to password stuff about my sister and her screwed up life.

I use MT, I don't know if that makes it harder or easier to password.

The blog software in this case (MT) really has nothing to do with the passwording. That's taken care of on the server end either through .htaccess files, passwording protection provided by the host, or installed software (as I use). With my passworded blog, my passwording software and blog software co-exist.

Here's a quick tutorial on setting up an .htaccess and .htpasswd file:

http://support.im1.net/tutorials/htaccess.htm

I just updated my blog with an entry on passwording methods.

your husband's art reminds me of the ethereal quality of Modigliani,very nice indeed!

It's a difficult issue, any way you look at it. The whole point of blogging would seem to be to communicate with people one doesn't already know, but there's no avoiding the fact that there are plenty of nuts in the world - including a small percentage who are criminally insane.

Nothing one can do in life is risk-free. The yardstick I've tried to use is to concentrate my risk in things that really matter to me, and avoid risk in things that are less important. For example, I drove open wheel dirt track race cars for 11+ years, but I always strive to avoid taking meaningless risks when driving on the street.

So, I guess my advice would be to keep doing personal blogging if it's as important to you as would appear to be the case, while also taking some sensible precautions against the crackpots who are out there.

I guess since its your thoughts and ideas you can choice to share what you want when you want. In this day and age I would still be wary to post anything on a password protected site since nothing on the internet is a 100% safe.

Weblog=Diary located on the internet
Internet=Portal accessible to billions online

There's always a diary, y'know. It's old fashioned, but it puts that pesky "open to billions" thing out of the equation if that's a problem...

By the way, hi again...

I tried the private thing and felt that I was cheating myself of people who honestly cared what was happening to me. I still have moments where I think twice about what I have written but with blogging, I have found freedom of voice. There are people who read me who give me tons of shit for what my life is like but they really should be thankful that it's me living it and not them. There are people who wish me harm. Fuck 'em. I will not back down or be intimidated to the point of leaving my blog behind. I think that if you choose to put yourself out there for the entire world to see, you need to be prepared for what the world says back to you and stand by your words. If you don't want people to know something, don't blog it, email friends and family instead. To each his own though.

"Weblog=Diary located on the internet"

I'd say that's an extremely simplistic definition. Diaries are but one kind of weblog.

Another important precaution for women and families is to have an anonymous/private whois that doesn't publish your home address.

https://registrar.godaddy.com/whois.asp?isc=&se=%2B&from%5Fapp=&authGuid=

When you type in my website, you'll see my home address, etc, but since I'm a single man, it's unnecessary to protect myself. I'm unlikely to get a stalker. Women, children (maybe maintaining a game site or something), should be more careful.

Snore said:

"but since I'm a single man, it's unnecessary to protect myself. I'm unlikely to get a stalker."

Hmmm...so men do not get stalked??

After perusing both blogs mentioned in the story, I can only say that more blogs need to take up the cause of wet t-shirt contests for charity.

This is why I've not yet been able to bring myself to start a weblog.

There are times when I've thought it would be really helpful -- for me, anyway -- to share with a wider audience my struggles with depression and hypothyroidism, my religious/philosophical meanderings, my angsty internal contortions, and my reflections on science, faith, politics, and family life. I know that there are people out there who would most likely listen, be supportive, and contribute in a positive way. But the difficulty in doing this while trying to maintain anonymity has so far kept me from going ahead with it...that, and the feeling that I really ought to be talking about these things to people I know and respect, rather than total strangers. At some point, someone may decide to use my openness and honesty against me. Maybe the password-protected blog would be a good compromise. It's a shame that it has to be this way, but the idea of one of my readers showing up at the cinema I'm attending, after I've mentioned it in my blog, is just too darned creepy.

I guess I'm in the minority on this subject. I've been blogging for over 3 years and have had a not very well privacy protected website or presence since 1995. And ya know what, not one problem has resulted from it. I do take steps to make sure my blog isn't googleable thru my whole name (which it is not unless someone is ultra super determined), but that's about it and is more about privacy from RL folks than from random people running about the internet.

I recognize that parts of the "danger" do not apply to me: I don't have children, I live in an apartment building that is most times "guarded" by a doorman. Now I'm not saying I'm reckless, I don't post the name of my employer or my address or phone number, but any of those things is publicly available information anyway. My last name does not appear on my blog, but it's discoverable enough.

I think when people get into hooha as a result of their blogs, they too easily resort to "privacy" issues rather than just deal with the annoyance at hand and move on. I've had threats and stalking type incidents and the like. And nothing ever came of them in RL because they were quickly put to bed.

I'm not saying that nothing will ever happen to me, I'm just saying that common sense and strong will are, for me, a better solution than password protection.

I like the INXS lyrics dropping... very subtle.

Did you expect anything less of me, D? My life is a lyric... ;-)

Curt, I understand your concerns, but from what you wrote, it sounds as though you are afraid of a wider audience.

I still don't know why anyone reads my blog; but some people do,and the little bit of personal information that I've given out has been worth it for the good-hearted advice and support I've gotten in return.

Yeah, someone online may use my words against me. But it's just as likely that someone i know in real life will do the same.

There's no difference, really

I'm thinking of doing what Beer Mary (www.rantorama.com) did and making a blog that members only. That way I can post pics of myself and name names. It would be fun.

Of course, I'd give my blogging fairy godmother entrance if she so chose :-)

Something tells me that the kind of personal harassment (showing up at restaurants, etc.) probably hasn't happened to Rachel Lucas.

makes a mental note: If I ever have a blog, it will be very very pro gun...

I'm kinda joking, kinda not. I actually wonder.