Over the years, a number of the blogs we used to enjoy have become password protected. Usually because some horrible troll has threatened to “out” the woman who has been talking pseudonymously about her job, sometimes because there’s a vicious anonymous troll stalking or harassing the woman, and sometimes because the blogger (of either gender)’s children are growing up and password protecting allows for more privacy while journaling.
Often before going behind the veil, the blogger will invite the audience to email for a password to the blog. Or sometimes there will be an email invitation when you get to the “This blog is password protected” stage.
And we have never asked for a password. Even for blogs we really enjoyed, even for commenters who used to be regulars (who we miss and think of fondly when perusing the comments in our archives).
Why not? A combination of laziness and feeling as if we’re not enough value added to be worthwhile to the blogger. Sure, I want to know what happened and how their stories are going moving forward. I’m interested in the professional situation or debt repayment or even just pretty crafts. But there’s too many passwords to remember. Too many blogs to read. And a faint belief that our voice is either uninteresting (“Nice!”) or vaguely irritating to the blogger who is seeking the password protection.
Heck we never even asked Dr. Crazy for her new digs– we figure she’ll either start showing up on blogrolls or she won’t. In the mean time, we’ll imagine she’s found Mr. Right and is having a great time as a tenured full professor, living life to the fullest outside of the virtual community.
What about you? Do you read any password protected blogs? What would it take for you to request a password?