Privacy? What’s that?


I’ve made something like 220 posts in this blog since I started it in June 2004, cure and what has been interesting is how open I’ve become to sharing my life with anybody who is willing to read it online.

However, nurse I’ve come to realize that there are occasional times that I would like to share things about my life with my close friends and family, order without necessarily sharing them with the entire world. Therefore as of today I’m implementing a new feature for registered site users: hidden content.

Effective immediately, there will be certain occasional posts that are hidden from public view. If you log in to your account, you will be able to view all content, including the hidden posts. In order for this to work, you’ll have to have an account level of 1 or higher, which is an admin-set level. I’ve set all the levels for my regular registered users to level 1, so all of you should be able to log in and view the additional content.

There are two major reasons for this change. First, requiring you to log in to view certain posts keeps those posts from being indexed on any search engine. Second, it will let me speak more freely about certain topics than I feel comfortable doing in the standard open forum provided by a blog.

I don’t imagine I’ll protect very many posts. This will just be an occasional thing. And there will be a regularly posted notice letting you know when there is added content that you must be logged-in to read.

Thanks for reading. And thanks for being understanding.

Now, go log in so you can view the post I made yesterday… 🙂

Update: 1/10/06

I upgraded to a new version of WordPress, and that changed how this functionality works. If you currently have an account on this blog, nothing will have changed for you. However, as of today, new users will have to contact me in order to get access to the hidden content.

What do you have to do? It’s simple:

  1. Register for a new account using the _register_ link in the sidebar to the left.
  2. E-mail me and let me know that you are a new member. I’ll manually give you the permission that will allow you to view hidden content.
  3. When your account permissions have been modified, I’ll e-mail you to let you know that you can view hidden content.

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