Thursday, November 6, 2008

Private or not?

So, every few weeks, a friend will post that they have gone private. It's not something that I really want to do. I like to have a voice that is "out there"-and be able to be "found" by people whom I may not have email addresses for. But yet, I don't exactly want any pervs hunting down my kids either. However, I haven't heard of any blog-related crimes, and with the amount of "family bloggers" that are out there....I'm just not sure it's a real risk... What is your opinion?

I would like to revamp my blog a little, just to be safe. I may be changing the title and making things more anonymous sounding....so stay posted.

12 comments:

Leslie said...

i've had lots of friends go private, too, gina. and you know what? i hardly ever read their blogs!! i just forget about the ones that don't come up on my reader. every so often (after i get weird anonymous comments), i'll consider going private, but never take the plunge. i think if you're careful about the details you make available, it's not too hard to remain relatively anonymous. i don't put our last name or home town or kids' school or anything like that. pretty basic stuff. :)

Michelle said...

I was seriously considering going private, but if someone really wanted to find us, it's pretty easy online. I'm with you though on being "out there" because even though I have a couple trackers of who's reading my blog, I still don't know every person that is, I'm sure. To make things sound more anonymous is smart. But then again somebody could just look back at previous posts and see whatever they want. Going private is always in the back of my mind though.

Joey and Nettifer said...

I am with you - I rather not live in fear and I have found so many wonderful connections through blogs - just be wise about it. Don't put where you live or last names, etc etc and there should be no problem.

I think private is boring. I love blog hopping and i know the people who are private hop themselves!

So NO don't go private!

Uptown Girl said...

I personally have a tiny hatred for private blogs. I am probably not a person that would show up on your email list to invite to a private blog, but I enjoy the updates on your family. And, like other comments have mentioned, I never read the private blogs of my friends. I use google reader and private blogs don't show up in any feeds or readers.

Sara said...

gina! I am so glad I found you. yeah, I have thought of going private, but it's too hard to only have 100 friends (you can only have 100 people see your blog if you go private) so, we just stay carful, like leslie put below.

Kathy said...

I didn't really want to go private, either... but living with the police?! It helps him sleep better at night :).

I still visit all of the private blogs my friends have. Their blog links (private or not) are still just a click away on my computer. So, it's not so bad...

I have seen some cute 'anonymous' blogs with blog names to protect their family's identities :).

Either way, I will still visit your blog :)

Kristen said...

Well, coming from one that has recently gone private, I'd say just think about why you blog: Is it so that people can find your blog and see how cute your kids are and all the wonderful things you do that make you the best mom and you want people to tell you that? Is it so share your happenings with close family and friends? Is it so that you can share your opinion with others? (These are in no way things that I am saying about you). That's what I had to think about. Your friends will still keep in touch with you whether you are private of not. For those friends that are out there, you have facebook, people can get in touch with you that way and then if you really want them to see you, you can add them to your blog. I actually feel more free with my speech with having a private blog. And it has made me spend less time blogging. Just thoughts! Good luck!

Heidi said...

I am still unsure. I keep telling myself that I will go private tomorrow but it never happens. I don't know why. But I would hate to think that I'm putting my family at risk in any way just for my hobby's sake. Will probably go private soon though.

Brooke said...

I've been private for a long time. Do I get as many visitors? No, but that was never my intent. Do I get as many commnets? No, but I also do not haev that mnay readers. And on top of it all Travis REALLY wanted it to be private. Sometimes I think about making my blog open again. . . .

Stacy said...

We just had a thing about this on the news. People were taking pics of kids off the blog and using photoshop to use their pics on not good websites. Kinda strange. They said if you had a blog that was not private to not post any pics of the kids or any info that would let someone know where you lived. I mean what is a blog without pics. But I agree it is hard that people can't email you to get on when they see it is private. I wish it would show your contact info when it says it is private.

Robyn/Lauren said...

You can put "feedjit" on your blog and it allows you to see how people are coming to your site and where they are coming from. I have it on the bottom of mine and you can get your own link by clicking on it. It shows me if someone came to my site because they did a search for my name or our blog name or whatever they did a search for that brought them to my blog. It doesn't tell you their name but it says what time and what city they are in. I can usually figure out who people are by their city, but some people are blog hopping and come from my friend's sites. My most popular post that people come to from searches is Lauren's Webkins party. Other people are searching for Webkinz party ideas and my post comes up. Feedjit gives you a better understanding of who and why people are visiting your site and it allows me to stay public.

Jen said...

I'm with you on this. I find that most weird comments I get are from those autobots to advertise, so I just delete them immediately.

I do use google's analytics to see where my traffic is coming from, and most of it is just from friends or people whose blogs I already follow.