Friday, April the 27th, 2007

The software that I use to maintain this journal has a feature that supposedly allows some entries to be labeled as “private,” hiding them behind a password.

Somehow, using something like this seems to me to be defeating the very purpose of this journal’s existence. But at the same time, not using something like it makes me feel thoroughly exposed, making it hard for me to say some things I really want to; defeating the purpose of this journal, yet again.

You lose some, you lose some.

I’m so confused, but I’m contemplating trying it out. I plan to mark certain entries as private—probably revealing a tiny blurb letting everyone know what they’re about. And then, if someone’s really curious to know more, they can ask me. I’ll grant you access if I am OK with you reading the entry. Otherwise, tough.

What do you do in such situations?

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6 Responses to “Locks and keys”

  1. Michelle says:

    Post elsewhere…I don’t have any locked entries on my blog, but I do have some locked on my myspace. (I know, urgh!)

  2. pundit says:

    Hmm. What’s the different between posting somewhere else and locking some posts there and locking some in your usual web log?

  3. J says:

    I wanna see. I wanna see. I wanna see.
    I wanna see that tiny blurb marking a private entry.
    And I wanna get curious.
    And then I wanna ask what it’s about.
    And then I wanna see if you’ re ok with me reading the entry.
    Please, please, please.
    I wanna see. I wanna see. I wanna see.

  4. Michelle says:

    If I didn’t have a MySpace maybe I would post them on my blog as locked, there’s really no difference, I guess.

    The MySpace is basically just for hanging out with my family, since they don’t have “real” websites and never come to visit me at my blog, so I had to go to them. Most of them don’t annoy me, so I’m fine with whatever I post. On the other hand, I did once write a post when I was angry at El Boyfriend, and left it up as public, but made it private after I knew he’d read it and I wasn’t angry anymore. I could have done that on my site, but I get more traffic there than I do on my myspace.

    So, um, I don’t know, I’m just weird. I guess.

  5. pundit says:

    J: I am going to have to do this soon. And your curiosity is about to be satiated!

  6. pundit says:

    Michelle: And since I don’t have an account at MySpace (or plan to), I will have to make do here.

    Now all I need to do is to figure out how to effect some sort of visible-to-all-teaser that makes you want to request to read the hidden-rest-of-the-post.

8,709,060 people conned into wasting their bandwidth.