Private blogging--an oxymoron?
For a long time now, I've really wanted to blog. (Aside from our little team here, I'm talking about a more personal, singular effort.) A few of my friends have blogs where they discuss the most intimate details of their lives and post photos of themselves and friends and family. As a reader, it's a great way of keeping tabs on them without exchanging a bunch of e-mails.
I want to join in but here's my problem: my dear, sweet husband is an incredibly private person. And for me, that severely limits my ability to blog honestly and fully without limitations. I respect his desire for privacy. But it would mean that I would have to seriously edit any discussion about my activities, which usually include him. He wouldn't want me posting photos of us on a Web site accessible to the world. Forget online video clips.
But a number of Internet companies are increasingly starting to offer private versions of the Web's most popular public formats to share your life's moments. Many people don't know you can create a personal Web page to share photos, write about your life, post music and video, etc. -- without having to share it with the world. You and your friends and family can just keep it all within your circle. In other words, it's private blogging. An oxymoron? I'm sure some people think so.
When I met Mena Trott, the co-founder and president of blogging company Six Apart, she told me she's more interested in privacy these days, too. She's been blogging since 2001 and said that, over time, she started to feel too exposed and her readers were starting to get in her business. Mena, whose company owns several popular blogging properties including The Moveable Type, TypePad and now LiveJournal, said that she created a new blogging platform called Vox that's aimed at older adults who are not techies and don't want to spend hours learning html code. That would be me. A key feature of Vox, which launched today, is that you can share your blog with only the friends and family members you let in.
It's another sign that the Internet continues to become easier to use and friendlier to the non-techie crowd -- those of us who don't want to feel quite so exposed, but want to dip our toes in, too.
October 26, 2006; 10:16 AM ET
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