Since discovering that a pervert had found my site through a search engine, I've been evaluating all the reasons I blog. Many of the reasons - having a creative outlet, sharing my son with loved ones and friends, connecting with other parents - can still be achieved through a blog that's password protected.
To be clear, I don't think that perv is coming back. He was only on my site for about 18 seconds (he clearly didn't find what he was looking for) and I've blocked his IP address anyway. I will absolutely miss out on making new blog friends, but it will be freeing to keep all unwanted visitors out. Like me, lots of people perform their hobbies in public (jogging, shopping, nose picking), but it's sort of unsettling to know you're being watched with critical eyes while you're doing it.
If you would like the password email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here and I will send you the password when I set it up.
8/18/11 Note:I was unable to password protect the site, so I went for a "sign in" only option. Unfortunately you have to have a gmail account and be on a list to sign in now. This is terribly inconvenient (sorry!) and may be temporary. I'll see how it goes. If you know of anyone who wants to be on "the list," please let me know!
8/21/11 Note: The experiment with privatizing the blog didn't work out for many reasons. Apologies for the inconvenience!