No, not that kind.
WordPress allows me to password-protect individual posts, if I choose, so that I have a bit of control over who reads them. I’ve never used it, but lately I’ve been thinking about giving it a try once in a while. There are things I’d like to write about but feel I can’t, for various reasons, and using the password-protection feature on individual posts would let me limit access and write some stuff that’s a little more personal.
But then I sort of feel like it goes against the whole tone I’ve set for the website, and I don’t know if I want to do that. From the very beginning, I’ve been interested in sharing my writing with anyone who’s interested in reading it, knowing that this would necessarily limit what I’d be able to write about. For the most part, I’ve been okay with that.
Sometimes, though, I find myself wishing I could write something here for some of you, but not for the entire universe to see. Generally, it’s not anything against anyone – it’s just that some topics are more appropriate for certain segments of my audience than others. Even though I’m very careful about what I choose to share here (believe it or not), I find myself almost unconsciously censoring myself sometimes (especially when my site stats alert me to the search terms people use to find this site) and I don’t like it. I feel like my writing becomes more and more shallow as I cross “approved” topics off my mental list.
So I’ve been thinking of ways around that. I could set a single password for protected posts and give it out to certain people. I could set a different password for each protected post and make people email me for each one, which is kind of a pain in the ass but would allow more flexibility with who’s allowed to read each post. I could set up a mailing list and send out protected posts Victory Shag style. I could set up a whole new blog.
Maybe I should be more brave. Or maybe I should continue with the current policy, which is basically that if it’s not okay for someone to read it, then it’s not okay for anyone to read it, and it won’t be written.
I don’t know. I hope to write a book one day, and I know that I won’t be able to restrict access to that.
I’m really interested in your thoughts on this.