I've gotten a few question on why I've decided to do this now. If there was any particular event or breaking news or something that convinced me that some more privacy would be wise.
The short answer is: no. Not really.
Just every time I know someone who doesn't use real names, or makes their blog private, I think, oh, should I? And I am a natural worrywart, and I don't like to have any extra things causing me any unnecessary stress or anxiety (ha!) - so I'm just trying to alleviate this potential real or imagined threat.
And then the other day, my dad did make a comment in an email to the effect of:
"well, it's not like someone could track you or the kids down from the information on your blog, could they?"
Huh. Well, actually. They could have. If they wanted to. If they pieced together information from different blog posts, etc., they could in fact track us down rather precisely and efficiently. Yikes.
And Zac told me the story of a family that was visiting on vacation in Prague and saw their family portrait on an advertisement in a store window. And they wondered how in the world had someone gotten this photo unbeknownst to them? And they realized it was stolen off their blog.
So. Making a copyright and not disclosing certain information, I am hoping, will merely be acting as a deterrent against any of these rare, strange, unusual, and sort of scary occurrences. Of course, this is not fool proof. And of course, it is highly unlikely that anything of the sort would ever happen.
But for the same reason I lock my doors at night. And give my children instructions not to go with a stranger anywhere EVER. And a myriad of other little things we do to protect ourselves, just in case. This is what I will do in blog-land.
These are just precautions.
But also, the reason I am not making it completely private is because personally, I find it much more difficult to sign in and check private blogs individually. So I wanted to avoid having to do that. And I am vain and lonely and I like to imagine that lots of people far and wide will someday read my blog and come clamoring to my door exclaiming, "Kristen, you're a genius! We love you!!" hahahahaha.
Ok, not really.
But that, in a nutshell, is my reasoning. :)