I have found out that at least three of my blogbuddies have decided to restrict their blogs, which means only invited users can read them. They’re quite popular and one of them has been listed consistently on the top 100 in IndonesiaMatters. I asked two of them, and they gave me similar answers: taking a break, reflecting, attending new important thing(s) in life which need full support or concentration, etc. I found them decided to do this almost on the same week.
I have been their avid, loyal reader for months and although I rarely left comments, I visited their blogs almost everyday, literally. I am a very visual person, so I don’t subscribe to their feeds – I’d rather directly visit each blog, which I know, is rather silly and takes so much time, but I can’t help it.
Whatever their reasons to keep their blogs private, I certainly will miss them. I’ve learned a lot from them.
Talking about keeping it private, I once received an e-mail regarding the government’s decision to block Youtube and several other websites. I couldn’t remember who sent the email first, but I was delighted to be part of a more intense discussion. Naively, I thought we have formed a bond, so when I found out about webscraper, I sent the email to them to find out what they think. I believe I have found sensitive and important issues to discuss, especially because it covers two biggest thing in blogosphere: copyright and privacy. However, several of the recipients asked to be removed from the mailing list or at least not to put their emails on the Cc, because it has security and privacy implications. Ouch!
Mind you this posting is written past midnight and I have to wake up in three hours to catch an earliest flight, and just like two weeks a go when I was about to go back to Indonesia, I haven’t packed a single thing. So I wouldn’t deliver a brilliant analysis on this issue.
I just present this and would love to see what you think: Why blog but then keep it private? Don’t you need readers? Don’t you get a satisfaction knowing that your piece is read and loved by many (isn’t it one of the reasons you went blogging in the first place?)