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WordPress.com Adds Private Blogs

If you have been thinking of using WordPress.com to write down some thoughts, like a journal or a book you are working on, and don’t want the world to see, WordPress.com has now got you covered with their Private Blogs feature.

For a while now we’ve enabled privacy options for your blog because we understand that not everyone wants everything out there. Tonight, we’ve decided to take that a step further.
If you go to your Dashboard, click Options and then Privacy, you will see a new set of options. You used to just be able request for your blog to be unlisted in search engines and such. Now you can also choose to protect your blog so only WordPress.com members you choose can have access to it.

What this means is that you can have a list of friends or trusted readers that can see your blog, but no one else can. This is a very interesting twist for the service, and I think it will give people the added security they have wanted for publishing more personal things.
I still think that if you don’t want the whole world to see it, you should keep it on your computer, or send it to people via e-mail or some other service, rather than publishing pages of content on a web service, but that’s just me.
Check out all the details on the WordPress.com Blog.