Monday, July 19, 2010

New Way to Go Private

A few weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law announced that they were making their blog private.

People have a lot of reasons for making their blogs private and I understand and sympathize with all of their varying reasons.

But I can't lie.

I hate every single "We're going private" announcement like it's a glass of milk gurgling around in my empty lactose-intolerant stomach. I miss not being able to subscribe to their posts anymore and I'm sad to say that the private blogs are the first ones I "forget" about as soon as life gets busy.

Matt and Karey, though, have found a new way. A brilliant plan that I'm hoping that the whole private world wide web will soon embrace.

Basically what they did is they created a new private blog and transferred all the posts over to it from their old blog.

Then they took off all the posts off the old blog, but kept it functional and told everyone to stay subscribed to it.

Now every time they make a post on their new top-secret blog, they also make a post on their old non-private blog with a link and a teaser to the secret blog.

It's perfect. They keep all their exceeding cuteness top secret and their update teasers get pushed right up to the top of my subscriptions, so they don't get forgotten. :)

Check out this brilliant plan in action here.


K said...

I have a couple other friends that do what Matt and Karey do and I also hope that everyone with a private blog can do the same. It makes life so much easier and it makes me way more likely to read their new posts in a timely manner.

alexandra said...

Okay. I find that a little confusing but it might be the fact that it's shortly after midnight and the only reason why I'm checking your blog now is because, as I was posting a blog myself, I noticed that you left me a comment at 12:13 a.m. and I thought I'd be able to hop on over to your blog and be the first to post a comment on your newest post.

But maybe not. Thanks a lot, K! :)

And yes, I agree with you about the private blog thing. I usually lose track of people shortly after they go private. I mean, who can keep track of everyone's passwords! I can't even remember my own!

Lara said...

Yeah, Alex, it wouldn't work as well for someone who has a blog like Ashby's, because you'd still have to log in with the password. But for people with private Blogger blogs that you just have to be logged into your google account to read it, it's a great thing. I can click directly from their teaser link on their non-private blog to the actual post on the private one. IT's still an extra step, but it means they don't get lost in the shuffle because their subscription pops up to the top when they update.

Karey said...

I can't take credit for it! It was my cousin's wife who gave me the idea. When she did things like that, it finally gave me the impetus to make our blog private. I'd been feeling prompted to do that for a while, but I resisted because I HATE private blogs - for all the same reasons you do! But this makes it a little better :)
I hope everyone catches on!

melissa said...

ok, I did it, this is my way of hopefully making the world wide web a better place lol!

this is the public one...

I completely plagiarized from your families blog with their wording. Please thank them for me :)